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Harry Emerson Fosdick : Preacher, Pastor, Prophet - Robert Moats Miller

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Preacher, Pastor, Prophet

Hardcover Published: 21st February 1985
ISBN: 9780195035124
Number Of Pages: 624

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A major figure in American religious and cultural history, Fosdick was famous as a preacher, a pacifist and a champion of civil rights. He was also the author of forty-seven books.

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"A brilliant biography of the religious leader whose pulpit was Riverside Church, and whose parish was all America."--The Washington Post "Miller's thoughtful, appreciative depiction is full of drama that brings alive the sparks of intense controversy and the warmth of personal contacts...the definitive study."--Choice "Miller has done us a valuable service by describing Fosdick's career, and thereby recalling the contributions the religious left once made (and still might make) to the nation's public debate."--The New Republic "Fosdick's life...serves as a prism for displaying the spectrum of social, political, and religious issues preoccupying 20th-century America."--Kirkus Reviews "Miller has...written a thoughtful biography of a highly influential Protestant leader. He adeptly locates Fosdick within the wider social and cultural history of the period. He has achieved a mastery not only of the historical literature about the era but also of the complex theological literature of Fosdick's day. He ventures sharp judgments and criticisms of Fosdick and his contemporaries, and yet does so with balance and generosity."--E. Brooks Holifield, Reviews in American History "Miller's biography will certainly be the definitive study of this giant of American religious history."--The Journal of American History "Represents ten years of research in a vast store of manuscript and printed material and provides a sober historian's check on many blind spots in Fosdick's justly famous autobiography."--American Historical Review "A world has diminished, and Miller has rescued from its ruin a monumental figure. A generation that cannot and would not recreate his world can at least sense what it was like, thanks to Miller's achievement."--Martin E. Marty, Journal of the American Academy of Religion. "Robert Miller's excellent volume provides a comprehensive account that touches on the numerous social, political, and religious concerns of twentieth-century America. This is the first comprehensive, exhaustively researched biography of Fosdick, and it is a distinguished contribution to American intellectual history."--Religious Humanism "This is a superb book, one of the best books I have read this year...Robert Moats Miller has produced a monumental study which no American preacher or historian can ignore. It simply must be read."--Review and Expositor "This admirable study demonstrates years of probing into the archival and printed materials, a balanced presentation of a noted Protestant's contribution at the center of America's religious stage, and a book which is a pleasure to read because of its style."--The Catholic Historical Review "This monumental volume deserves to be read by every preacher who wishes to see with clarity and in detail how one of the most influential Protestant ministers of his time dealt with all of the issues surrounding him."--Pulpit Digest "An exhaustive and engaging study of one of America's most prominent Christian leaders."--Church History "[This] excellent, readable, perceptive, and sensitive biography of Harry Emerson Fosdick is a major contribution to the field of American church history."--Theology Today

Young Harry of Western New Yorkp. 3
Colgate University: Years of Doubt and Decisionp. 29
Union Theological Seminary: A Time of Personal Crisis and Ministerial Trainingp. 43
The Montclair Ministry: Widening Fame in a Patrician Pastoratep. 55
"The Challenge of the Present Crisis": The Great Crusade, 1917-1918p. 74
"Once It Was Beecher and Brooks, Now It Is Fosdick": A Baptist Preacher in a New York City Presbyterian Pulpitp. 93
The War Within: The Presbyterian Fundamentalists Drive Fosdick from Their Foldp. 112
The War Within: The Baptist Battle and Mr. Rockefeller's Resolutionp. 150
Further Cannonading in the Turbulent Twentiesp. 174
"A Pilgrimage to Palestine" and the Abrasive Aftermath with American Zionistsp. 179
A Church Is Raised on "The Hill"p. 200
"You Are the United Church in Local Guise": The Riverside Church Fellowshipp. 214
"We Have Maintained the Adoration of God and the Proclamation of the Gospel": Worship in The Riverside Churchp. 228
"The God That Answereth by Christian Education, by Friendly Fellowship, by Community Service, by Money Given to Good Causes, Here and Around the World, Let Him Be God": The Riverside Church Enterprisep. 243
"On Being a Real Person": A Protestant Preacher as Confessor and Counselorp. 251
"If Gold Rust, What Then Will Iron Do?": A Protestant Preacher as Husband, Father, and Friendp. 285
"Gladly Do We Teach": Thirty-eight Years as Union Seminary Professorp. 319
"And How Shall They Hear Without a Preacher?": The Conceptualization of Preachable Sermonsp. 333
"Sweating Blood": The Preparation and Presentation of Preachable Sermonsp. 351
"The Dean of All Ministers of the Air": Radio's "National Vespers Hour" Reaches Millionsp. 379
"The Church Must Go Beyond Modernism": A Faith That Could Not Be Shakenp. 389
The Passing of Victorian America: A Minister's Response to the Disintegration of the Bourgeois Synthesisp. 418
The Passing of Protestant America: A Minister's Response to the Crashing of "A Righteous Empire"p. 441
Racial Justice: A Minister's Response to America's Deepest Sinp. 449
Social Justice: An Evolving Social Gospel from the Age of Rauschenbusch to the Age of Niebuhrp. 464
"Can Satan Cast Out Satan?": Does Pacifism Have a Place in a World of Hitlers and Stalins?p. 490
"And the War Came" and the Wars Continued: A Peacemaker in Wars Hot and Cold, 1941-1969p. 533
The Decision To Step Down, 1946: Saying Farewell to Riverside and Unionp. 548
"Leisure Is the Time for Doing Something Useful": A Retirement of Activities and Accomplishmentp. 555
"Awaiting the Day of New Beginnings"p. 567
Essay on Sourcesp. 571
Indexp. 593
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ISBN: 9780195035124
ISBN-10: 0195035127
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 21st February 1985
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.36 x 16.33  x 5.06
Weight (kg): 1.15