Damning Words (Library Of Religious Biography Series)
: Features the surprising relationship to Christianity of an outspoken, famous agnostic H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) was a reporter, literary critic, editor, author - and a famous American agnostic in the twentieth century. From his role in the...
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Features the surprising relationship to Christianity of an outspoken, famous agnostic
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) was a reporter, literary critic, editor, author - and a famous American agnostic in the twentieth century. From his role in the Scopes Trial to his advocacy of science and reason in public life, Mencken is generally regarded as one of the fiercest critics of Christianity in his day.
In this biography D. G. Hart presents a provocative, iconoclastic perspective on Mencken's life. Even as Mencken vividly debunked American religious ideals, says Hart, it was Christianity that largely framed his ideas, career, and fame. Mencken's relationship to the Christian faith was at once antagonistic and symbiotic.
Peppered with juicy quotes from Mencken's huge body of work, Damning Words superbly portrays an influential figure in twentieth-century America and, at the same time, casts telling new light on the crucial period in which he lived.
Dr. Darryl G. Hart (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University) is Director for Partnered Projects at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, Delaware. Prior to this he taught church history and served as academic dean at Westminster Seminary California and directed the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals and taught American history at Wheaton College.
He is the author of numerous books and articles, including John Williamson Nevin: High Church Calvinist; A Secular Faith: Why Christianity Favors the Separation of Church and State; Seeking a Better Country: Three Hundred Years of American Presbyterianism (co-author); Deconstructing Evangelicalism: Conservative Protestantism in the Era of Billy Graham; Recovering Mother Kirk: The Case for Liturgy in the Reformed Tradition and The Lost Soul of American Protestantism. -Editorial Review.