Historical Examination of the Funding of North American Evangelical Religion

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Mon, 01/01/1996

This grant will enable Mark Noll, director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, to research the history of financing evangelical Protestant churches and other evangelical religious agencies in North America. The purpose of the project is to better understand the role of money in evangelical history, the manner in which evangelical churches and agencies have been funded, and the theological dimensions of economic issues in the evangelical community. Project activities will include constructing a preliminary project bibliography, enlisting a board of advisors, selecting 16 scholars to be commissioned for thematic and individual case studies, identifying and commissioning an author for a general, popular study, conducting a public conference at Wheaton College in either the spring or fall of 1998, assembling and preparing a volume of essays for an academic audience, and holding five one- day seminars in order to present the results of historical findings to congregational, denominational, and para-church leaders. (SM)