Philip N. Mulder received his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied with Donald G. Mathews. Raised in Michigan, he now resides in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his family.
... a first-rate book that deepens our understanding of religious pluralism in America. American Historical Review ... this book helps to clarify our understanding of southern religion in the early republic. Journal of the Early Republic One of this book's virtues is that it draws together a wide range of sources on groups that are usually dealt with separately. Mulder makes use of an impressive cross section of manuscripts and published records for each of the three churches he addresses. Journal of the Early Republic Here is a book that significantly adds to our understanding of the internal dynamics of southern religion from the colonial Great Awakening to the pivotal post-Revolutionary years. Journal of the Early Republic Mulder culls an impressive array of sources to tell his story in clear and graceful prose. The book is a delight to read and is one of the most fresh and nuanced studies we have of the theological origins of American Protestant evangelicalism. The North Carolina Historical Review ... brief and elegant. The North Carolina Historical Review ... bold and innovative. The North Carolina Historical Review ... an important and exciting book. The North Carolina Historical Review A Controversial Spirit serves as a timely and poignant reminder to all historians to proceed with due caution when advancing generalizations about early southern evangelicals. Journal of Presbyterian History