George Marsden

George Marsden (b. 1939) has been the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame since 1992. He teaches American Religious and Intellectual History along with other related subject matters. His Fundamentalism and American Culture was named one of 100 “Books of the Century,” by Christianity Today. His Jonathan Edwards: A Life won the 2004 John Pollock Award for Christian Biography.


  • Haverford College, B.A., 1959, honors in history
  • Westminster Theological Seminary B.D., 1963
  • Yale University M.A.,1961, Ph.D. 1965 (American Studies)
  • Topic of Dissertation: "The New School Presbyterian Mind: A Study of Theology in Mid-Nineteenth Century America"

Selected writings

  • Fundamentalism and American Culture: The Shaping of Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism, 1870-1925. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.
  • Reforming Fundamentalism: Fuller Seminary and The New Evangelicalism, Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 1987.
  • Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism, Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 1991.
  • The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship, New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Religion and American Culture, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990. Second Edition, Wadsworth Publishers, 2000.
  • Jonathan Edwards: A Life, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003).