Communication and Change in American Religious History

Sweet, Leonard I. Communication and Change in American Religious History. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1993.

Offering an initial lengthy historiographical essay by the editor, twelve substantial articles by various scholars and a concluding, annotated bibliography by a theological librarian, this volume investigates how the rise of new communications technologies has repeatedly altered the direction of Christian belief and practice in American history. This work's bibliography provides broad coverage of the many Christian traditions that contributed to this story. But the essays in this book focus on Protestant developments, starting with the impact of the printing press and ending with televangelism and contemporary spirituality. Implicit throughout the monograph is the question: Can the church adapt yet again both "responsively and responsibly" to current and future changes in communications media.