Premillennial dispensationalism and the deconstruction of evangelical identity

My friend Crawford Gribben has just published this book

Evangelical Millennialism in the Trans-Atlantic World 1500-2000.

In it he argues that the massive cultural impact of premillennial dispensationalism in the USA, as seen for example in the 60 million plus Left Behind books sold, reflects a gulf between many (by no means all) evangelicals in America and evangelicals in Europe (where dispensationalism is much more sceptically viewed). Such a fissure represents a

‘bankruptcy of evangelical identity, in that it marked the growing differences between the American and European religious habits of mind and among American evangelicals themselves, and that it provoked a backlash, and, in the later 1990s, a struggle for the destiny of the movement. At the end of the twentieth century, the dominance of one variety of evangelical millennialism could not but provide for its ultimate deconstruction.

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2 thoughts on “Premillennial dispensationalism and the deconstruction of evangelical identity

  1. Just a question. Does it mean that for those who come here as missionaries there must be a bigger awareness of the differences?

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