Mark Noll

Mark Allan Noll (born 1946) is an American historian specializing in the history of Christianity in the United States. He holds the position of Research Professor of History at Regent College,[2] having previously been Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. Noll is a Reformed evangelical Christian and in 2005 was named by Time magazine as one of the twenty-five most influential evangelicals in America.[3]

Mark Noll
Mark Allan Noll

(1946-07-18) July 18, 1946
Iowa City, Iowa, United States
AwardsNational Humanities Medal (2006)
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisChurch Membership and the American Revolution[1] (1975)
Academic work


Born on July 18, 1946,[4] Noll is a graduate of Wheaton College, Illinois (B.A, English), the University of Iowa (M.A., English), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A., Church History and Theology), and Vanderbilt University (Ph.D, History of Christianity). Before coming to Notre Dame, he was on the faculty at Wheaton College, Illinois for twenty-seven years, where he taught in the departments of history and theology as McManis Professor of Christian Thought. While at Wheaton, Noll also co-founded (with Nathan Hatch) and directed the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals (ISAE), which ran from 1982 until 2014.[5]

Noll is a prolific author and many of his books have earned considerable acclaim within the academic community. In particular, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, a book about anti-intellectual tendencies within the American evangelical movement, was widely covered in both religious and secular publications.[6] He was awarded a National Humanities Medal in the Oval Office by President George W. Bush in 2006.[7]

Noll, along with other historians such as George Marsden, Nathan O. Hatch, and David Bebbington, has greatly contributed to the world's understanding of evangelical convictions and attitudes, past and present. He has caused many scholars and lay people to realize more deeply the complications inherent in the question, "Is America a Christian nation?"[8]

In 1994, he co-signed Evangelicals and Catholics Together, an ecumenical document that expressed the need for greater cooperation between evangelical and Catholic leaders in the United States.

From 2006 to 2016, Noll was a faculty member in Department of History at Notre Dame. He replaced the retiring George Marsden as Notre Dame's Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History.[9] Noll stated that the move to Notre Dame allowed him to concentrate on fewer subjects than his duties at Wheaton had allowed.[10]



  • Noll, Mark A.; Hatch, Nathan O., eds. (1982). The Bible in America: essays in cultural history. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Noll, Mark A., ed. (1983). Eerdmans' handbook to Christianity in America. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
  • (1986). Between Faith and Criticism; Evangelicals, Scholarship and The Bible In America. Harper and Row.
  • (1988). One Nation Under God: Christian Faith and Political Action in America. HarperCollins.
  • (1989). Religion and American Politics: From the Colonial Period to the 1980s. Oxford University Press.
  • , ed. (1989). Enlightenment in the Era of Samuel Stanhope Smith. Princeton University Press.
  • (1990). Princeton and the Republic, 1768-1822: The Search for Christian Religion and American politics : from the colonial period to the 1980s. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • (1992). A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
  • (1994). The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
  • (1997). Seasons of Grace. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker.
  • (1997). Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker.
  • (2000). American Evangelical Christianity: An Introduction. Blackwell Publishing Limited.
  • (2000). Protestants in America (Religion in American Life). Oxford University Press.
  • (2001). God and Mammon: Protestants, Money, and the Market, 1790-1860. Oxford University Press.
  • (2001). The Old Religion in a New World: The History of North American Christianity. Grand Rapids, MI: Erdmans.
  • (2001). The Princeton Theology 1812-1921 : Scripture, Science, and Theological Method from Archibald Alexander to Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.
  • (2002). America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln. Oxford University Press.
  • (2002). The Work We Have to Do: A History of Protestants in America. Oxford University Press.
  • (2004). The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield, and the Wesleys (A History of Evangelicalism). InterVarsity Press.
  • ; Nystrom, Carolyn (2005). Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
  • (2006). Christians in the American Revolution. Regent College Publishing.
  • (2006). The Civil War as a Theological Crisis. University of North Carolina Press.
  • (2007). What Happened to Christian Canada?. Regent College Publishing.
  • (2009). The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith. InterVarsity Press.
  • (2010). God and Race in American Politics: A Short History. Princeton University Press.
  • ; Nystrom, Carolyn (2011). Clouds of Witnesses: Christian Voices from Africa and Asia. InterVarsity Press.
  • (2011). Protestantism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
  • (2011). Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
  • (2014). From Every Tribe and Nation: A Historian's Discovery of the Global Christian Story. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.
  • (2015). In The Beginning Was the Word: The Bible in American Public Life, 1492-1783. Oxford University Press.


  • (October 2004). "The Evangelical Mind Today". First Things.
  • (June 2006). "What Happened to Christian Canada?". Church History. 75: 245–73.


  1. Noll, Mark A. (1975). Church Membership and the American Revolution: An Aspect of Religion and Society in New England from the Revival to the War for Independence (PhD thesis). Vanderbilt University. OCLC 220085983.
  2. "Mark Noll | Faculty | Regent College". Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  3. Religion: The 25 most influential evangelicals in America Time Magazine (online ed.) Retrieved 2007-10-16.
  5. Doty, J. The Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals closes. The Wheaton Record, November 2014
  6. Wolfe, A. (2000, October). The opening of the evangelical mind. Atlantic Monthly, 286(4), 55—76.
  7. Office of the Press Secretary, Press Release: President Bush Announces 2006 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal Recipients Retrieved 2007-11-22.
  8. Noll, Mark et al. (1989). The Search for Christian America. Colorado Springs, CO:Helmers & Howard Publishing.
  9. Moll, R. (2006, February 9). Mark Noll leaving Wheaton for Notre Dame. Christianity Today (Web-only Ed.). Retrieved 2007-10-16.
  10. University of Notre Dame, Faculty Profile for Mark A. Noll Archived 2006-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
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