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Inventing Church History

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Previous American Society of Church History (ASCH) presidents have used their presidential addresses for a variety of purposes, from contributing to the cutting edge of their own specialties to scanning the previous highlights of personalities or developments in their field.

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1 See, for example, Hobsbawm Eric, Invention of Tradition (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983).

2 Similar to the methodology in Columba Stewart's paper, “The Invention of Early Monasticism,” presented at the American Society of Church History Winter Meeting, January 8, 2011.

3 Meacham Jon, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House (New York: Random House, 2008), 204.

4 Hillerbrand Hans, The Reformation: A Narrative History Related by Contemporary Observers and Participants (New York: Harper & Row, 1964).

5 “Was [the Reformation] precipitated by the Zeitgeist prevailing in Europe, so that there would have been a religious upheaval even if Luther or Zwingli had died in their cradles?” Hillerbrand Hans, The Protestant Reformation (New York: Harper & Row, 1968), back cover.

6 “Thus at the beginning of the Reformation of the sixteenth century stands Martin Luther—not the condition of society or the church at the time, not even the state of theology, but this one man…. The Reformation is unthinkable without him.” Hillerbrand Hans, The World of the Reformation (London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1973), 11.

7 Outler Albert C., “Theodosius' Horse: Reflections on the Predicament of the Church Historian,” Church History 34, no. 3 (September 1965): 251–61.

8 Meacham, American Lion, 204.

9 Henry Patrick, “‘And I don't care what it is’: The Tradition-History of a Civil Religion Proof-Text,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 49, no. 1 (March 1981): 3549.

10 Hook Sidney, The Hero in History: A Study in Limitation and Possibility, rev. ed. (London: Secker & Warburg, 1945; rev. 1992), 127–28.

11 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, talking about “poetic faith” in 1819.

12 Kevin M. Watson, “In the Shadow of Segregation: Methodist Seminaries and the Civil Rights Movement,” paper presented at the Wesleyan Studies Working Group of the American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Atlanta, October 30, 2010.

13 Butler Jon, “Enthusiasm Described and Decried: The Great Awakening as Interpretive Fiction,” Journal of American History 69, no. 2 (September 1982): 305–25.

14 Lambert Frank, Inventing the “Great Awakening” (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1999).

15 Becker Carl, Heavenly City of the Eighteenth-Century Philosophers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1932).

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