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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Lienesch  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: November 5, 1948 in Illinois

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Illinois Connection

He attended University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Lienesch is an adjunct professor of American studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Published Works

  • New Order of the Ages: Time, the Constitution, and the Making of Modern American Political Thought, Princeton University Press, 1988
  • Redeeming America: Piety and Politics in the New Christian Right, University of North Carolina Press, 1993
  • In the Beginning: Fundamentalism, the Scopes Trial, and the Making of the Antievolution Movement, University of North Carolina Press, 2007

Selected Titles At Your Library

New order of the ages :
ISBN: 0691006113. OCLC Number:

Princeton University Press,. Princeton, N.J. :. 1988.

Redeeming America :
ISBN: 0807844284. OCLC Number:

University of North Carolina Press,. Chapel Hill, NC :. ©1993.

A balanced and comprehensive study of Christian conservative thinking focuses on the 1980s, when the New Christian Right appeared suddenly as an influential force on the American political scene only to fade from the spotlight toward the end of the decade.

In the beginning :
ISBN: 080786191X. OCLC Number:

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The current controversy over teaching evolution in the public schools has grabbed front-page headlines and topped news broadcasts all across the United States. "In the Beginning" investigates the movement that has ignited debate in state legislatures and at school board meetings. Reaching back to the origins of antievolutionism in the 1920s, and continuing to the promotion of intelligent design today, Michael Lienesch analyzes one of the most formidable political movements of the twentieth century. Applying social movement theory and using extensive original sources, Lienesch begins with fundamentalism, describing how early twentieth-century fundamentalists worked to form a collective identity, to develop their own institutions, and to turn evolution from an idea into an issue. He traces the emerging antievolution movement through the 1920s, examining debates over Darwinism took place of college campuses and in legislatures throughout the country. In a central chapter, Lienesch retells the story of the 1925 Scopes "monkey" trial and reinterprets its meaning. He then reviews the mvoement from that time to today, following it through the rise of creation science in the 1960s, the alliance with the New Christian Right in the 1980s, and the development of the theory of intelligent design in our own time. He concludes by speculating on its place in the politics of the twenty-first century. In the Beginning is an essential source for understanding past, present, and future debates over the teaching of evolution. -- from dust jacket.

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