George Marsden

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George Marsden
Born George M. Marsden
(1939-02-25) February 25, 1939 (age 79)
Alma mater Yale University
Westminster Theological Seminary
Haverford College
Institutions University of Notre Dame
Duke Divinity School
Calvin College
Main interests
American evangelicalism

George M. Marsden (born February 25, 1939) is a historian who has written extensively on the interaction between Christianity and American culture, particularly on Christianity in American higher education and on American evangelicalism. He is best known for his award-winning biography of the New England clergyman and theological writer Jonathan Edwards, a prominent theologian of Colonial America.[1]


Marsden attended Haverford College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Yale University, completing a Ph.D. in American history under Professor Sydney Ahlstrom. He taught at Calvin College (1965–1986), Duke Divinity School (1986–1992), and as Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at The University of Notre Dame (1992–2008).[2] As of 2017 Marsden is Emeritus Professor of History University of Notre Dame.[3]


Selected works

  • Evangelical Mind and the New School Presbyterian Experience. (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1970).
  • Fundamentalism and American culture : the shaping of twentieth century evangelicalism, 1870-1925. (New York, Oxford University Press, 1980).
  • Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism.  (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991).
  • The Soul of the American University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Nonbelief.  (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994).
  • Reforming Fundamentalism: Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism.  (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995).
  • The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship.  (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997).
  • Jonathan Edwards: A Life.  (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003).
  • A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008).
  • The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief. (New York: Basic Books, 2014).
  • C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity: a Biography. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016).


  1. ^ Hansen, Collin (February 5, 2009). "Marsden Discusses "Short Life of Jonathan Edwards"". Christian History. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "2005 – George M. Marsden". Grawemeyer Awards. July 21, 2005. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  3. ^ "George Marsden". Retrieved February 3, 2017. 

Further reading

  • Daren Dochuk, Thomas S. Kidd, and Kurt W. Peterson (eds.), American Evangelism: George Marsden and the State of American Religious History. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014.

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