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George M. Marsden (born February 25, 1939) is an American historian who has written extensively on the interaction between Christianity and American culture, particularly on Christianity in American higher education and on American evangelicalism. He is best known for his award-winning biography of the New England clergyman and theological writer Jonathan Edwards, a prominent theologian of Colonial America.[1]

George Marsden
George M. Marsden

(1939-02-25) February 25, 1939 (age 80)
Alma materYale University
Westminster Theological Seminary
Haverford College
InstitutionsUniversity of Notre Dame
Duke Divinity School
Calvin College
Main interests
American evangelicalism



Marsden attended Haverford College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Yale University, completing a Ph.D. in American history under Professor Sydney Ahlstrom. He taught at Calvin College (1965–1986), Duke Divinity School (1986–1992), and as Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at The University of Notre Dame (1992–2008).[2] As of 2017 Marsden is Emeritus Professor of History University of Notre Dame.[3]


  • 2004 Bancroft Prize for Jonathan Edwards: A Life.
  • 2004 Merle Curti Award
  • 2005 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion[2]

Selected worksEdit


  1. ^ Hansen, Collin (February 5, 2009). "Marsden Discusses "Short Life of Jonathan Edwards"". Christian History. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "2005 – George M. Marsden". Grawemeyer Awards. July 21, 2005. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "George Marsden". Retrieved February 3, 2017.

Further readingEdit

  • Daren Dochuk, Thomas S. Kidd, and Kurt W. Peterson (eds.), American Evangelism: George Marsden and the State of American Religious History. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014.