Review: America Aflame

By Collin Hansen

Foolish, self-righteous northerners—that is to say, evangelicals—led America into a needless civil war and destroyed the credibility of their faith in the process. So argues historian David Goldfield in his new book, America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation. Goldfield, the Robert Lee Bailey professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, adds to an already towering mountain of material published about the Civil War on the 150th anniversary of its start. But his extensive work stands out for a provocative, disturbing thesis supported sporadically over more than 600 pages that recount the war’s causes, progress, and aftermath.

Personal note: Collin Hansen has visited more Civil War battlefields than anyone I know.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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