02 June 2011

Free Resource for Finding Recent Literature on Church History

While recently reading The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship by George Marsden, the book made me aware of an attempt by evangelical scholars to get together for learning and encouragement.  Some evangelical scholars formed an organization known as the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals.  Wheaton College houses the Institute and hosts its website. The leadership of this organization includes some heavy hitters in the field of evangelical/fundamentalist history such as Marsden himself and Mark Noll to name a couple, so it is by no means a group of dubious scholarship.

The activities of the Institute include the holding of regional symposiums and national conferences on topics of interest to evangelical historians.  The website includes short biographical information on some of the leading figures in evangelical and fundamentalist history--including theologians, pastors, evangelists, and song writers.  Of particular interest to readers interested in some of the more recent scholarship on American evangelicals is the quarterly publication, the Evangelical Studies Bulletin.  The Bulletin includes a listing of recent dissertations, scholarly articles, and books on topics of interest to the Institute's constituency.  This particular newsletter is published on a quarterly basis, and the most recent editions are not made available for download immediately.  However, the Spring 2010 edition is already available for download in a PDF format for the general public's perusal.

There are a number of free tools available on the internet that are beneficial for those studying church history.  I hope to inform others of these sites as I run across them.  If any readers have any sites that they know of, feel free to let me know, and I will pass them on.

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