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God's Empire
William Bell Riley and Midwestern Fundamentalism
William Vance Trollinger Jr.

God’s Empire makes a fine contribution to our understanding of fundamentalism. The controversial William B. Riley did as much as anyone to shape classic fundamentalism and this is a significant story of how he built a regional power base.” —George Marsden, Duke University

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. Trollinger 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.

William Vance Trollinge Jr.
is assistant professor of history at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.

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March 1991
LC: 90-050099 BX
244 pp. 6 x 9
15 photos
ISBN-10: 0-299-12714-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-299-12714-5
Paper $19.95 s

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