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American Apocalypse


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Matthew Avery Sutton is Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University.


Matthew Avery Sutton read just about everything that fundamentalists and evangelicals had to offer in preparation for his pointed argument in American Apocalypse premillennial dispensationalism pushed conservative Protestants into public, political, national, and international action. If you want to wrestle with evangelicals, read this book.--Edward J. Blum"Christian Century" (11/25/2014)
American Apocalypse is a work of impressive erudition as well as a work of beauty. Arguing for the centrality in the American evangelical tradition of ideas about how the world will end, Sutton embeds the narrative in twentieth-century U.S. and international political history in a way that few American religious historians have been able to do.--Grant Wacker, author of America's Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation
Sutton's ambitious book refocuses the history of twentieth-century evangelicalism on apocalypticism, offering a vivid account of how preoccupation with the end times provided the conceptual framework for evangelical political activism and stoked its emotional fervor. American Apocalypse shows brilliantly how a terror of impending doom was translated into politics on issues ranging from support for Israel to anti-abortion activism.--Robert A. Orsi, author of Thank You, St. Jude and The Madonna of 115th Street
American Apocalypse will quickly become the definitive general account of evangelicalism's spectacular growth as a political and cultural force in the twentieth century. It is a brilliant book, sophisticated and compelling yet also lively and entertaining. With religion continuing to play a major role in American politics and culture, American Apocalypse is a must-read that will shed new light on the nation's past, present, and future.--Andrew Preston, author of Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy
American Apocalypse relentlessly and impressively shows how evangelicals have interpreted almost every domestic or international crisis in relation to Christ's return and his judgment upon the wicked...Sutton sees one of the most troubling aspects of evangelical influence in the spread of the apocalyptic outlook among Republican politicians with the rise of the Religious Right...American Apocalypse clearly shows just how popular evangelical apocalypticism has been and, during the Cold War, how the combination of odd belief and political power could produce a sleepless night or two.--D. G. Hart"Wall Street Journal" (01/20/2015)
It is to the great credit of Matthew Avery Sutton, an American historian who has spent the past seven years 'thinking about the end of the world, ' that we now have a concise, convincing and eminently readable account of the rise of the U.S. evangelical movement...In American Apocalypse, Sutton traces its improbably spread. It is a disquieting story filled with outrageous characters [and] jarring beliefs...[A] valuable, timely and often entertaining account.--Tony Allen-Mills"Sunday Times" (12/21/2014)
American Apocalypse is the best history of American evangelicalism I've read in some time. Sutton strews his chronicle with little pleasures...If you want to understand why compromise has become a dirty word in the GOP today and how cultural politics is splitting the nation apart, American Apocalypse is an excellent place to start.--Stephen Prothero"Bookforum" (02/01/2015)

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