Darryl G. Hart is a religious and social historian. Hart is Distinguished Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan.[1] He previously served as dean of academic affairs at Westminster Seminary California from 2000 to 2003,[2] taught church history and served as librarian at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, directed the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College, and was Director of Partnered Projects, Academic Programs, and Faculty Development at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, Delaware. He is an elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.[3]

D. G. Hart
Alma materTemple University
Johns Hopkins University
Harvard Divinity School
Westminster Theological Seminary
OccupationAmerican Religious Historian
Known forBiography of John Gresham Machen

In a Wall Street Journal review of Hart's 2013 book, Calvinism: A History; Barton Swaim describes him as, "a cantankerous conservative, a stalwart Presbyterian and a talented polemicist with a delightfully perverse sense of humor."[4]

Stephen J. Nichols states that, like many other theologians, Hart is of the opinion that "theology, like nature, abhors a vacuum," in that theologizing is influenced by culture.[5]

Hart follows in the tradition of J. Gresham Machen (to whom he dedicated his book Secular Faith) in espousing an approach to politics that engages at the level of the individual rather than that of the church. Hart makes the observation that "[e]fforts to use Christianity for public or political ends fundamentally distort the Christian religion."[6] In Secular Faith Hart argues for the church to follow its mission by standing apart as a witness, suggesting that the nature of Christianity is "otherworldly", and criticizing those who "have tried to use their faith for political engagement".[7]

In 1998 Christianity Today described him as "the prolific writer-librarian at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia".[8] He is also co-editor (along with John Muether) of the Nicotine Theological Journal.[9]


  • Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H. L. Mencken (Library of Religious Biography) (2016, ISBN 978-0802873446)
  • Calvinism: A History (2013, ISBN 978-0300148794)
  • From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism (2011, ISBN 978-0802866288)
  • Between the Times: The Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Transition, 1945–1990 (2011)
  • A Secular Faith: Why Christianity Favors the Separation of Church and State (2006, ISBN 978-1-56663-576-9)
  • John Williamson Nevin: High Church Calvinist (New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed, 2005)
  • Deconstructing Evangelicalism: Conservative Protestantism in the Age of Billy Graham (2005)
  • The Lost Soul of American Protestantism. Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.
  • Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America (2003)
  • Recovering Mother Kirk: A Case for Liturgy in the Reformed Tradition (2003)
  • That Old Time Religion (2002)


  1. ^ "Faculty & Staff". Hillsdale College. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  2. ^ "WSC Adjunct Professor of Church History". Archived from the original on 2011-09-18. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  3. ^ "Session". Hillsdale Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Hillsdale OPC. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  4. ^ Swaim, Barton (2013-08-19). "The Eating of Sausages". Wall Street Journal.
  5. ^ Nichols, Stephen (2008). Jesus Made in America: A Cultural History from the Puritans to the Passion. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-8308-2849-4.
  6. ^ Nichols(2008) p218, citing Secular Faith p16
  7. ^ Nichols(2008) p215
  8. ^ "Books: Why Evangelicals Have the Biggest Seminaries: And why they are in crisis.". Christianity Today. 1/12/1998.
  9. ^ Old Life Theological Society | NTJ: October 2006 Vol. 10 No. 4

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