Alumnus Daniel G. Hummel Publishes New Book

Book Cover: Rise and Fall of DispensationalismFormer Ph.D. student Daniel G. Hummel recently published a new book titled The Rise and Fall of Dispensationalism: How the Evangelical Battle over the End Times Shaped a Nation (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2023).


A fascinating history of dispensationalism and its influence on popular culture, politics, and religion

In The Rise and Fall of Dispensationalism, Daniel G. Hummel illuminates how dispensationalism, despite often being dismissed as a fringe end-times theory, shaped Anglo-American evangelicalism and the larger American cultural imagination.

Hummel locates dispensationalism’s origin in the writings of the nineteenth-century Protestant John Nelson Darby, who established many of the hallmarks of the movement, such as premillennialism and belief in the rapture. Though it consistently faced criticism, dispensationalism held populist, and briefly scholarly, appeal—visible in everything from turn-of-the-century revivalism to apocalyptic bestsellers of the 1970s to current internet conspiracy theories.

Measured and irenic, Hummel objectively evaluates evangelicalism’s most resilient and contentious popular theology. As the first comprehensive intellectual-cultural history of its kind, The Rise and Fall of Dispensationalism is a must-read for students and scholars of American religion.