The call to make the world a better place is inherent in Christian belief and practice. But why have efforts to change the world by Christians so often failed or gone tragically awry? And how might Christians in the 21st century live in ways that have integrity with their traditions and are more truly transformative? In To Change the World, James Davison Hunter offers persuasive and provocative answers to these questions. Read more.
Thrift is a powerful and evolving moral ideal, disposition, and practice that has indelibly marked the character of American life since its earliest days. Thrift and Thriving in America is a collection of groundbreaking essays from leading scholars on the seminal importance of thrift to American culture and history. Read more.
Red and Blue states … the “Religious Right” and the “Liberal Media” … NASCAR dads and soccer moms … Is America clearly and bitterly divided? Are today’s social and political differences truly worrisome, or the unavoidable products of a diverse democracy? In Is There a Culture War? two leading authorities on political culture lead a provocative examination of division and unity within America. Read more.
Finding chilling parallels between today’s culture war and the period just before America’s civil war, Professor James Davison Hunter in Before the Shooting Begins poses the central political question of our time–how might we find a working agreement on the common good in a culture as fractured and contentious as ours? Read more.
Abortion, funding for the arts, women’s rights, gay rights, court-packing–the list of controversies that divide our nation runs long and each one cuts deep. Professor Hunter’s book, Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America, shows that these issues are not isolated from one another but are, in fact, part of a fabric of conflict which constitutes nothing short of a struggle over the meaning of America. Read more.
In Evangelicalism: The Coming Generation, Professor James Davison Hunter looks at this conservative Protestant movement by focusing on the “coming generation”–those who will be the lay and professional leadership of Evangelicalism in the next decades. Read more.
Making Sense of Modern Times shows how Peter Berger, one of the pre-eminent sociologists of the twentieth century, struggles with the classical legacy of the sociological enterprise - a legacy largely abandoned by contemporary sociology. Berger makes a self-conscious effort to recover this vision. Read more.
Cultural Analysis is a systematic examination of the theories of culture contained in the writings of four contemporary social theorists: Peter L. Berger, Mary Douglas, Michel Foucault, and Jürgen Habermas. Read more.
Evangelicalism is a movement that is poorly understood - an amazing fact considering that one out of every five Americans is a Evangelical. James Hunter asks how this movement survives and even thrives in a historical period and social world thought to be hostile to religious belief and experience. Read more.