Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-0-8476-9961-2 • Paperback • August 2003 • $67.00 • (£52.00)
978-0-7425-7198-3 • eBook • September 2003 • $59.50 • (£46.00)
Gillis J. Harp is professor of history at Grove City College and the author of Positivist Republic: Auguste Comte and the Reconstruction of American Liberalism, 1865-1920.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Early Years
Chapter 3 Phillips Brooks: Civil Warrior
Chapter 4 Tearing Down and Building Up
Chapter 5 A Prince of the Pulpit: Phillips Brooks and Nineteenth Century Preaching
Chapter 6 Close of the Century
Chapter 7 Conclusion
Gillis Harp's masterful treatment of Phillips Brooks in the intellectual and church context of his time is an instant classic. Dr. Harp's feel, from the inside, for Anglican Evangelicanism makes him an ideal interpreter of Brooks' ambivalent achievement. This is extremely solid scholarship, bearing somewhat devastating implications for the present.
— Rev. Dr. Paul F. M. Zahl, author of A Short Systematic Theology
A fascinating, original account of one of America's greatest preachers. The author draws upon historical, literary, architectural, and theological analysis to demonstrate the ways Phillips Brooks reflected and transformed his times—concluding with a sober assessment of his legacy in our own day.
— Daniel Walker Howe, Oxford University
This fresh account of the life of Phillips Brooks takes seriously his religious thought. Harp places Brooks within the context of the conflicts in late 19th-century American Episcopalianism and in the larger context of American Protestant liberalism. The result is a biography through which the reader simultaneously gains insight into the life of one of the most important clergymen of the Gilded Age, is led through the tangle of denominational battles that persist in American Episcopalianism to the present, and is provided with perspectives on the path of American liberal Protestantism. Brooks's life and thought are the prism through which both Broad Church Episcopalianism and liberal Protestantism are refracted with insight and clarity. Recommended.
— Choice Reviews
An expert examination of Brooks's powerful pulpit oratory.
— Religious Studies Review
A thoroughly researched, gracefully written, learned, and insightful account of nineteenth-century Episcopal preacher Phillips Brooks's religious thought.
— American Historical Review
This work is much more than an excellent biography of Phillips Brooks. It is set in such a wide-ranging authoritative theological context that Brooks is truly seen as a 'Path of Liberal Protestantism' stretching from the 17th century to our own times.
— The Right Reverend Christopher FitzSimmons Allison