Noll's recent contribution to American religious history is multi-disciplinary in scope, weaving observations about sociology, literature, theolgy and politics into its briskly told story. We are given not only historical framework, but a real sense of flesh-and-blood encounter, conflict, and resolution, linking narrative with cultural realities. Noll begins the story with the Spanish and French presence in North America, continues with the establishment of Protestantism and its consolidation in the ''Protestant century'' of 1800-1900, and the disintegration of that establishment in the twentieth century. Noll concludes with reflections on the losses and opportunities that disintegration leaves us. This book at once condenses and expands upon certain aspects of his earlier and larger work, A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada
An Eighth Day View:
One of our foremost historians of religion here chronicles the arrival of Christianity in the New World, tracing the turning points in the development of the immigrant church that have led to today's distinctly American faith. Taking a unique approach to this fascinating subject, Noll focuses on what was new about organized Christian religion on the American continent by comparison with European Christianity. In doing so, Noll provides a broad outline of the major events in the history of the Christian churches that have filled North America with such remarkable vitality and diversity. He also highlights some of the most important interpretive issues in the transfer of the hereditary religion of Europe to America.