Harvard University Press publishes ENC professor’s new book

Quincy, MA Dec. 18, 2007 — Harvard University Press recently published Randall J. Stephens’s book, The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South. The press also nominated it for the 2008 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Stephens is an assistant professor of history at Eastern Nazarene College, an editor of the Journal of Southern Religion, and an assistant editor of Historically Speaking, a historical journal published by Boston University.

His well-written and carefully researched The Fire Spreads shows that early southern Pentecostal converts challenged an array of traditional beliefs and southern conventions. At the same time they are typically the most conservative of Christians. Today the religion of the Spirit claims approximately 500 million adherents.

Stephens was recently selected as a 2007-2009 Young Scholar of American Religion at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. He is currently co-authoring a book on contemporary American evangelicalism with ENC physics professor Karl Giberson. It will be published by Harvard as well.