My 2015 monograph Awakening the Evangelical Mind (Zondervan Academic) is on sale right now for $3. Awakening tells the story of how the “neo-evangelicals” reloaded the evangelical mind, starting new schools, thought-journals, and academic associations. The chapter that I most enjoyed writing was Chapter Six on “Crusade University.” Crusade was essentially, in Carl F. H. Henry’s mind, the “Christian Harvard” that evangelicals have never successfully built (Baylor and Wheaton came the closest, most likely). During my dissertation hearing at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, historian George Marsden (my external reader) told me that he had never heard of Crusade University. If the foremost historian of evangelicalism did not know of the planned school, I’m quite certain that no one else does, either.
The text features an exclusive interview with Billy Graham, original research in the almost-untouched archives of Carl Henry, Harold Ockenga, and Kenneth Kantzer, and concluding reflections on Christian scholarship in a secular age. Endorsements kindly came from Tim Keller, Marsden, John Woodbridge, Thomas Kidd, David Dockery, and Garth Rosell.