A scene from the Leben der heiligen Altväter (1482)

Biola in the American Evangelical Story

Biola-published, 2015

Published in-house by Biola University In Jonathan Edwards and the History of the Evangelical Mind, collected papers from the 2012 Biola Faculty Integration Seminar led by Doug Sweeney and facilitated by Rick Langer.

Douglas A. Sweeney’s The American Evangelical Story: A History of the Movement is a masterpiece of concise storytelling. In introducing the movement, Sweeney combines an insider’s sympathetic understanding with an objectivity and sense of perspective about what to report. The result is a short, readable book that can serve multiple audiences well. I am particularly interested in using Sweeney’s American Evangelical Story to help new Biola faculty understand their own institutional heritage more fully. If Biola is going to equip and empower its faculty for the task of integration, one of the resources it should provide is a grasp of the school’s identity that is not just superficial.