A Once & Former Evangelical

Phillips Brooks: A Cautionary Tale

by Gillis J. Harp

As an Anglican Christian, I lay no claim to infallible interpretation of the past. Yet as a Christian who is also a practicing historian, I am often struck by how informed historical reflection can serve the Church.

Americans in general are especially prone to an unreflective presentism. Such a blinkered perspective has many shortcomings, including keeping us from a clear understanding of our contemporary predicament. In particular, it can serve to obscure how we as American Christians got here; that is, it can further veil the murky origins of the current rudderless state of mainline . . .

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Gillis J. Harp is Professor of History at Grove City College in Pennsylvania and the author of Brahmin Prophet: Phillips Brooks & the Path of Liberal Protestantism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). He and his family worship at Grace Anglican Church in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

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