Peace Progress And The Professor


Preface And Acknowledgments
1. Geography Of A Prairie Childhood
2. Becoming C.
3. The Democracy Of Learning
4. In The Service Of A Usable Past
5. How To Write The Mennonite Story
6. The Way Of Exile
7. The “Most Liberal Wing”
8. Forays Down A Winding Road
9. Diverging Readings Of Anabaptist History
10. Mennonite Intellectual In A Time Of Crisis
11. The Final Mennonite History
12. Epilogue
Selected Bibliography
Studies In Anabaptist And Mennonite History Series
The Author

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What does it mean to be Mennonite in the modern world? And what is the witness of a peace church that is always at risk of splintering? C. Henry Smith-son of an Amish family, erudite historian, urbane bank president, and pioneer of Mennonite scholarship-sought answers to these questions in the middle of the 20th century, and his answers reverberate through the church to this day.

In this engaging narrative biography, historian Perry Bush chronicles Smith’s childhood in an Illinois farming community, his youthful turn toward intellectual inquiry, and his confidence that Anabaptist faith and life offer gifts to the wider world. By recounting the story of one of the foremost Mennonite intellectuals, Bush surveys the storied terrain of 20th-century Mennonite identity in its selective borrowing from wider culture and its tentative embrace of progressive reforms and higher education, and growing conviction that Anabaptism served as a taproot of Western civilization. Bush argues that Smith’s body of historical writing furnished a new generation of Mennonites with both an understanding of their shared past and the tools to navigate an ever-shifting present.

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SKU (ISBN): 9780836199864
ISBN10: 0836199863
Perry Bush
Binding: Cloth Text
Published: September 2015
Studies In Anabaptist And Mennonite History # 49
Publisher: Herald Press/MennoMedia

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