History Faculty Publications

Title

God's Empire: William Bell Riley and Midwestern Fundamentalism

Document Type

Book

Publication Date

1990

Abstract

More than any other individual, William Bell Riley, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Minneapolis, inspired the resurgence of Protestant fundamentalism in 1930s America. William Vance Trollinger Jr. explores the development of Riley’s theology and social thought, examining in detail the rise of the Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School and other similar institutions. He sheds light upon the nature, successes, and failures of fundamentalist crusades and makes it clear that, to understand fundamentalist religion in America, one must focus upon its regional and local roots.

ISBN/ISSN

978-0-299-12714-5

Publisher

University of Wisconsin Press

Place of Publication

Madison, WI