James H. Moorhead


Mary McIntosh Bridge Professor of American Church History
Department of History
112 Hodge Hall
Phone: 609.497.7984
Fax: 609.497.7728
Email: [email protected]

James H. Moorhead is a graduate of Westminster College (Pa..) and received the Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and the Ph.D. from Yale University. An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he has taught at Princeton Seminary since 1984. He has won the Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History, was an associate editor for religion of the twenty-four volume American National Biography published by Oxford University Press in 1999, and serves as senior editor of The Journal of Presbyterian History. His research continues to emphasize nineteenth and twentieth-century American Protestantism. He is currently at work on a history of Princeton Seminary.

Among Professor Moorhead’s publications are American Apocalypse: Yankee Protestants and the Civil War, 1860-1869 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1978), and World Without End: Mainstream American Protestant Visions of the Last Things, 1880-1925. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999). With John W. Stewart, he edited Charles Hodge Revisited: A Critical Appraisal of His Life and Work (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002).

Representative Articles:

“Social Reform and the Divided Conscience of Antebellum Protestantism.” Church History 48 (December 1979): 416-30.

“Between Progress and Apocalypse: A Reassessment of Millennialism in American Religious Thought, 1800-1880.” Journal of American History 71 (December 1984): 524-42.

“Redefining Confessionalism: American Presbyterians in the Twentieth Century.” In The Confessional Mosaic: Presbyterians and Twentieth-Century Theology, ed. Milton J. Coalter, John M. Mulder, and Louis B. Weeks (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1990).

“Presbyterians and the Mystique of Organizational Efficiency, 1870-1936,” in Reimagining Denominationalism, ed. Robert Bruce Mullin and Russell E. Richey (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), 264-87.

“The American Israel: Protestant Tribalism and Universal Mission,” in Many Are Chosen: Divine Election and Western Nationalism, ed. William R. Hutchison and Hartmut Lehmann (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1994), 145-66.

“‘God’s Right Arm’?: Minority Faiths and Protestant Visions of America,” in Minority Faiths and the American Protestant Mainstream, ed. Jonathan D. Sarna (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1997), 335-61.

“The Quest for Holiness in American Protestantism,” Interpretation 53 (October 1999): 365-79.

“The ‘Restless Spirit of Radicalism’: Old School Fears and the Schism of 1837,” Journal of Presbyterian History78 (Spring 2000): 19-33.

“‘The Last will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery’ from the Perspective of Presbyterian History,” Discipliana 64 (Summer 2004): 35-48.