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Balmer, Randall Herbert

Overview
Works: 61 works in 258 publications in 2 languages and 19,695 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Biography  Encyclopedias  Controversial literature  Biography‡vDictionaries  Dictionaries  Biographical films  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Producer, Interviewee, Editor
Classifications: BR1642.U5, 277.30828
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Randall Herbert Balmer
 
Most widely held works by Randall Herbert Balmer
Mine eyes have seen the glory : a journey into the evangelical subculture in America by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )
34 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book takes us on an insightful and engaging journey into the world of conservative Christians in America. Originally published fifteen years ago and the basis for an award-winning PBS documentary, this timely new edition arrives just as recent elections have left an ever-growing number of secular Americans wondering exactly how the other half thinks. From Oregon to Florida, and from Texas to North Dakota, Balmer offers an immensely readable tour of the highways and byways of American evangelicalism. We visit a revival meeting in Florida, an Indian reservation in the Dakotas, a trade show for Christian booksellers, and a fundamentalist Bible camp in the Adirondacks. For this fourth edition, Balmer adds two chapters, one on the phenomenally popular "Painter of Light," Thomas Kinkade, and one on Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life. Through the eyes of these and other people Balmer meets on his journeys, we arrive at a more accurate and balanced understanding of an abiding tradition that, as the author argues, is both rich in theological insights and mired in contradictions. Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory offers readers a genuine insight into the appeal that the evangelicals movement holds for thousands of Americans
Protestantism in America by Randall Herbert Balmer( )
14 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 2,412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes Protestantism's history and essential beliefs. Examines the diversity of the tradition with accounts of life and worship in a variety of mainline and evangelical churches. Explores the vexed relationship Protestantism maintains with critical social issues, including homosexuality, feminism, and social justice
Religion in American life a short history by Jon Butler( )
33 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Accessible and wide-ranging, Religion in American Life illuminates the rich spiritual heritage central to nearly every event in American history. Jon Butler begins by describing the state of religious affairs in both the Old and New Worlds on the eve of colonization. He traces the progress of religion in the colonies through the time of the American Revolution, covering all the religious groups in the colonies: Protestants, Jews, Catholics, as well as the unique religious experiences of Native Americans and African Americans. Grant Wacker continues the story with a fascinating look at the ever-shifting religious landscape of 19th-century America. He focuses on the rapid growth of evangelical Protestants-Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, and others-and their competition for dominance over religions such as Catholicism and Judaism, which continued to increase with large immigrant arrivals from Ireland, Eastern Europe, and other countries. The 20th century saw massive cultural changes. Randall Balmer discusses the effects industrialization, modernization, and secularization had on new and established religions. He examines Protestants, Hindus, Jews, New Age believers, Mormons, Buddhists, Roman Catholics, and many more, providing a clear look into the kaleidoscope of religious belief in modern-day America
A perfect Babel of confusion Dutch religion and English culture in the middle colonies by Randall Herbert Balmer( )
28 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and held by 1,625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examining the interaction of the Dutch and the English in colonial New York and New Jersey, this study charts the decline of European culture in North America. Balmer argues that the combination of political intrigue, English cultural imperialism, and internal socio-economic tensionseventually drove the Dutch away from their hereditary customs, language, and culture. He shows how this process, which played itself out most visibly and poignantly in the Dutch Reformed Church between 1664 and the American Revolution, illustrates the difficulty of maintaining non-English culturesand institutions in an increasingly English world. A Perfect Babel of Confusion redresses some of the historiographical neglect of the Middle Colonies and, in the process, sheds new light on Dutch colonial culture
Grant us courage travels along the mainline of American Protestantism by Randall Herbert Balmer( )
10 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 1,346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A sequel to the author's successful Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory (OUP 1989), this book consists of twelve profiles of "great" mainline churches. Commissioned by The Christian Century magazine over a period of four years, the profiles show that not everything is as bad in mainline Protestantism as some have argued. Balmer's vivid and absorbing depictions of these congregations raise hope for the future of the mainline while still pointing to its grave and persistent troubles
The encyclopedia of evangelicalism by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )
9 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 1,084 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this completely revised and expanded edition of the Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism, Randall Balmer gives readers the most comprehensive resource about evangelicalism available anywhere. With more than three thousand separate entries, the Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism covers historical and contemporary theologians, preachers, laity, cultural figures, musicians, televangelists, movements, organizations, denominations, folkways, theological terms, events, and much moreall penned in Balmer's engaging style. Students, scholars, journalists, and libraries will all benefit from it
Religion in twentieth century America by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )
8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the Pentecostal revival sparked by Agnes Ozman in Kansas, 1901, to the flare and fade of the millennium in 1999, this text provides an overview of the evolution of religion in the United States in the twentieth century. For grades 9 and up
Thy kingdom come : how the religious right distorts the faith and threatens America, an Evangelical's lament by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,050 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the involvement of evangelical Christianity in modern-day American partisan politics, criticizing the new generation of religious leaders who have corrupted the Christian faith on behalf of the Republican Party
Redeemer : the life of Jimmy Carter by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )
5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Evangelical Christianity and conservative politics are today seen as inseparable. But when Jimmy Carter, a Democrat and a born-again Christian, won the presidency in 1976, he owed his victory in part to American evangelicals, who responded to his open religiosity and his rejection of the moral bankruptcy of the Nixon Administration. Carter, running as a representative of the New South, articulated a progressive strand of American Christianity that championed liberal ideals, racial equality, and social justice--one that has almost been forgotten since. In Redeemer, acclaimed religious historian Randall Balmer reveals how the rise and fall of Jimmy Carter's political fortunes mirrored the transformation of American religious politics. From his beginnings as a humble peanut farmer to the galvanizing politician who rode a reenergized religious movement into the White House, Carter's life and career mark him as the last great figure in America's long and venerable history of progressive evangelicalism. Although he stumbled early in his career--courting segregationists during his second campaign for Georgia governor--Carter's run for president marked a return to the progressive principles of his faith and helped reenergize the evangelical movement. Responding to his message of racial justice, women's rights, and concern for the plight of the poor, evangelicals across the country helped propel Carter to office. Yet four years later, those very same voters abandoned him for Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party. Carter's defeat signaled the eclipse of progressive evangelicalism and the rise of the Religious Right, which popularized a dramatically different understanding of the faith, one rooted in nationalism, individualism, and free-market capitalism. An illuminating biography of our 39th president, Redeemer presents Jimmy Carter as the last great standard-bearer of an important strand of American Christianity, and provides an original and riveting account of the moments that transformed our political landscape in the 1970s and 1980s"--Provided by publisher
God in the White House : a history : how faith shaped the presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )
11 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Russian and held by 976 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Historian Balmer reveals the role religion has played in the personal and political lives of the last nine American presidents. Americans were once content to disregard religion as a criterion, as in most of the modern presidential elections before Jimmy Carter. But today's voters have come to expect candidates to disclose their religious views and to illustrate their personal relationship to the Almighty. This book explores the paradox of Americans' expectation that presidents should simultaneously trumpet their religious views and relationship to God while supporting the separation of church and state. Balmer tells the story of the politicization of religion in the last half of the twentieth century, as well as the "religionization" of our politics. He reflects on the implications of this shift, and offers a new lens through which to see not only these presidents, but also our current political situation.--From publisher description
The Presbyterians by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )
5 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A denominational history, written for academics and for general readers who seek an informed and critical introduction to the Presbyterian tradition in America. It is narrative inform, not argumentative, and more than half of the volume is given over to biographical treatment of important, if not well-known, Presbyterians
Blessed assurance : a history of evangelicalism in America by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )
6 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Blessed Assurance examines the moment of our political birth and highlights the close connections between our political and religious traditions. Randall Balmer looks at the rise of evangelical groups from Methodists to the Disciples of Christ, and at charismatic leaders from Mary Baker Eddy to Jimmy Swaggart. He vividly illustrates the ebb and flow of our nation's religious past, from apocalyptic movements in every century to our two great religious revivals and the evangelical longing for a third. These historical moments demonstrate how the evangelical movements of today were informed by history and the struggle for the American Christian soul
The making of evangelicalism : from revivalism to politics, and beyond by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )
5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This text offers a history of evangelical Christianity in the United States. Situating developments in envangelicalism in their wider context, it demonstrates the ways American social and cultural setting influenced the course of envangelical tradition
Modern Christian revivals ( Book )
4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Crusade the life of Billy Graham ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Billy Graham has preached to more people than any other person in history. His powerful sermons have elevated him in the eyes of his followers, to a spiritual level attained on by the Pope himself. Who is this holy icon who has been spreading the word of God for more than 40 years? In a revealing look at the man behind the faith, Graham's career is brought down to Earth. Take an enlightening trip into Graham's crusade, and discover for yourself how he has remained golden in the eyes of the public
Religion and public life in the Middle Atlantic region : the fount of diversity ( Book )
4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Middle Atlantic region's religious diversity began in the 17th century and continues today. European religious minorities recognized the need to tolerate other faiths if they themselves were to be tolerated. From Quaker Pennsylvania to English Catholic Maryland to New York with no state religion, the Middle Atlantic colonies inspired the framers of the Constitution to keep a wall of separation between religion and government. But the religious diversity of the region is tempered by the many religious institutions that have centers in the area, especially in Washington, DC and New York City. The diversity here is due less to fluid identities and emerging religions than to many established religious institutions recognizing and tolerating each other. Protestant, Catholic and Jewish traditions function alongside each other here and they make room for the religions of new immigrants."--Publisher's website
In the beginning the creationist controversy by Randal Balmer( Visual )
5 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Two-part program presents both sides of the debate between those who advocate creationist theory and those who support evolution. Part 1 focuses on Vista, California and its school board battle. Part 2 examines the roots ofthe controversy, recent court decisions, and the textbook adoption process
Crusade the life of Billy Graham ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Billy Graham has preached to more people than any other person in history. His powerful sermons have elevated him in the eyes of his followers, to a spiritual level attained on by the Pope himself. Who is this man who has been spreading the word of God for more than 40 years? In a revealing look at the man behind the faith, Graham's career is brought down to Earth. Take an enlightening trip into Graham's crusade, and discover for yourself how he has remained golden in the eyes of the public
Thy kingdom come [how the religious right distorts the faith and threatens America, an Evangelical's lament] by Randall Herbert Balmer( Recording )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The distinguished author of Mine eyes have seen the glory returns with a searing examination of a new generation of evangelical leaders who have hijacked the Christian faith on behalf of the Republican Party. Randall Balmer is both an evangelical Christian and a historian of American religion. Struggling to reconcile the contemporary state of evangelical faith in America with its proud tradition of progressivism, Balmer has headed to the frontlines of some of the most powerful and controversial organizations tied to the Religious Right. Deftly combining ethnographic research, theological reflections, and historical context, Balmer laments the trivialization of Christianity--and offers a rallying cry for liberal Christians to reclaim the noble traditions of their faith
Mine eyes have seen the glory ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Host Randall Balmer travelled throughout the United States to uncover the richness, diversity, and energy of the Evangelical movement. The result is an intimate look at who are the Evangelicals, what they believe, what difference their faith makes in their lives, how they seek to protect their children from the corrupting influences of society, how they are trying to change the world, and emerging forms of Evangelicalism that suggest what their future may be like
 
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Alternative Names
Balmer, Randall.
Balmer, Randall 1954-
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English (208)
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