E. Brooks Holifield Endorses Volume 1

“John Williamson Nevin was one of the few nineteenth-century theologians whose works continue to exert influence on our own era.  No single book on sacramental thought from nineteenth century America  has attracted more attention in the past half century than The Mystical Presence.  Nevin offered a sophisticated and learned option to the sacramental theologies prevalent in the Protestantism of his own time and to conceptions of the sacrament that remain popular even today among countless Protestants.  Not only did he challenge the forms of Protestant revivalist piety popular in his own era but he also produced a work that raises profound questions about popular views of sacraments in our own time.  This new edition by Linden J. DeBie and W. Bradford Littlejohn clarifies his importance by placing his work in its American context, showing his engagement with European theologians, and locating him in his own theological tradition.  Whether it is read in college or seminary classrooms, examined by scholars writing on Nevin and his times, or used in adult education programs, Nevin’s work will continue to make a mark, and this new edition brings to bear the latest scholarship on Nevin, nineteenth-century religion, and American religious traditions.”

 

E. Brooks Holifield

Charles Howard Candler Professor emeritus

Emory University