In this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, historian Molly Worthen joins us to discuss her new book Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. Evangelical Christians comprise nearly 25 percent of the population of the United States, and although the tradition has produced a number of outstanding scholars, Evangelicalism has a reputation for promoting anti-intellectualism.
Having examined the last 70 years of Evangelical history, Worthen is specially situated to talk about ongoing negotiations between faith and the intellect performed by religious believers. Is it possible to be a religious believer and also an intellectual? How have changes in the academic world impacted Evangelical faith? Can a historian employing secular tools provide an in-depth though sympathetic study of religion?
These and other questions are the focus of this episode.
About Molly Worthen
Molly Worthen is assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to her recently published book Apostles of Reason, she is also author of The Man on Whom Nothing Was Lost: The Grand Strategy of Charles Hill, and has regularly contributed to The New York Times, Slate, Christianity Today, and other publications. The interview took place via Skype on May 9, 2014.
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