Description: Anabaptists have often felt suspicious of American evangelicalism, and in turn evangelicals have found various reasons to dismiss the Anabaptist witness. Yet at various points in the past as well as the present, evangelicals and Anabaptists have found ample reason for conversation and much to appreciate about each other. The Activist Impulse represents the first book-length examination of the complex relationship between evangelicalism and Anabaptism in the past thirty years. It brings established experts and new voices together in an effort to explore the historical and theological intersection of these two rich traditions. Each of the essays provides fresh insight on at least one characteristic that both evangelicals and Anabaptists share--an impulse to engage society through the pursuit of active Christian witness. Endorsements: ""From George Marsden's wise foreword, the editors' informative introduction, and Steve Nolt's superb survey of Anabaptist-evangelical relationships in American and Canadian history, right through to the last chapter and Sara Wenger Shenk's discerning afterword, this volume sparkles. Its examination of Anabaptists among North American evangelicals brims with discerning historical insight. For Anabaptists, evangelicals, and evangelical Anabaptists with eyes to see, it also provides a bracing challenge to live up to the best in these respective traditions. There have been good books before on the complexity of evangelical-Anabaptist relationships, but this one is the best."" --Mark A. Noll Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame Author of Protestantism: A Very Short Introduction (2011) ""This is a very timely and helpful set of essays. It is timely because more than a few evangelicals are finding themselves attracted to Anabaptism. It is helpful because this set of essays offers many avenues through which to explore the tensions and intersections between these two traditions."" --Mark Thiessen Nation Professor of Theology, Eastern Mennonite Seminary Author of John Howard Yoder: Mennonite Patience, Evangelical Witness, Catholic Convictions (2006) ""A significant collection of essays by seasoned scholars and new voices to the conversation. . . . This is a cutting-edge volume of scholarship on the intersection of Anabaptist and evangelical history, theology, and political theory."" --Barry G. Hankins Professor of History and Church-State Studies, Baylor University Author of American Evangelicals: A Contemporary History of a Mainstream Religious Movement (2008) About the Contributor(s): Jared S. Burkholder is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Office of Faith, Learning and Scholarship at Grace College (IN). He has published articles or reviews in several journals, including Fides et Historia, The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, and The Mennonite Quarterly Review. David C. Cramer, previously Adjunct Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Bethel College (IN), is currently pursuing a PhD in Religion (Theology) at Baylor University. He has published articles or reviews in several journals, including The Mennonite Quarterly Review, Priscilla Papers, and Philosophia Christi.
George M. Marsden, Francis A. McAnaney Professor Emeritusof History at the University of Notre Dame, is currently ascholar in residence at Calvin College. Among his manyother books is the full-length biography JonathanEdwards: A Life (Yale 2003), which received nineawards, including the Bancroft Prize in history and theGrawemeyer Award in religion.