In this revised and updated edition, C. Gregg Singer portrays the influence of theology on political, constitutional, social, and economic trends in American history. His concern is not merely with the facts of history but with their correct interpretation. “It is impossible to understand completely the history of a nation apart from the philosophies and the theologies which lie at the heart of its intellectual life,” explains Dr. Singer. He focuses on the role of Scripture in the formation of the American tradition and the impact of unbiblical thinking upon the life and policies of the nation.
Topics Covered Include
- Deism in Colonial Life
- Transcendentalism and the Rise of Modern Democracy
- Social Darwinism: Its Theological Background and Political Implications
- The Social Gospel and Its Political Effects in American Life
- Theological Liberalism after 1920 and Its Political Consequences
- The New Deal and Its Consequences
- World War Two and After
- Conservatism and Liberalism, Theological and Political: Their Ebb and Flow, 1950-1980
C. Gregg Singer (1910-1999; PhD, University of Pennsylvania) was an American Presbyterian historian and theologian. He was born in Philadelphia, and studied at Haverford College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Singer taught at Wheaton College, Salem College, the University of Pennsylvania, Belhaven College, Catawba College, Furman University, and Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
“Among the many teachings of Scripture that the Protestant Reformation recovered was a right understanding of the importance of the church to the Christian life. In The Ark of Safety, Ryan McGraw deftly reacquaints us with the rich heritage of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Reformed reflection on the church and rehearses its biblical foundations with clarity. I warmly recommend this book to any reader who wants to know better what the Bible says about the ‘apple of [God’s] eye’ (Zech 2:8).”
– Pastor Fred Malone, First Baptist Church of Clinton, LA