How has the pulpit shaped the nation's consciousness? In this marvelous window into our past, Witham surveys how important lights in each age have framed our intense struggles into such enduring images as John Winthrop's "city upon a hill" and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream." 304 pages, hardcover. HarperSanFrancisco.
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A somewhat unique and interesting work written in a popular style. As any work of this nature would be, it generalizes at times,simplifies, and is often tongue in cheek. As any other historical work it has inaccuracies: It was Whitfield who taught Wesley to field preach, not vice versa. The honor of being the largest seminary is probably Southern rather than Fuller, etc. I'm one of those folks who would appreciate birth and death dates after the names of historical people. All in all it is an enjoyable read. The author gives concise historical portraits for those not well acquainted with religious personalities. It should be noted though that America has always had faithful preachers not always swept along with every fad and wind of doctrine.