(Darryl) D.G. Hart

D.G. Hart

Associate Professor of History
“‘Historian’: an unsuccessful novelist.”
— H. L. Mencken

Faculty Information

Additional Faculty Information for D.G. Hart


B.A., Film, Temple University

M.A.R. Church History, Westminster Seminary

M.T.S., U.S. Religious History, Harvard University

M.A., U.S. History, Johns Hopkins University

Ph.D., U.S. History, Johns Hopkins University


American Historical Association

American Society of Church History

Conference on Faith and History

Board of Directors–Mencken Society

Board of Directors–Presbyterian Historical Society


Makemie Prize for best book in Presbyterian History, 1994 (Presbyterian Historical Society)


Interview with Eric Metaxas, July 13, 2016


Ben Franklin: Cultural Protestant. Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2021.

American Catholic: Faith and Politics during the Cold War. Cornell University Press, 2020.

Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H. L. Mencken. Eerdmans, 2016.

Calvinism: A History. Yale, 2013.

From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism. Eerdmans, 2011.

Between the Times: The Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Transition, 1945-1990. OPC Committee for the Historian, 2011.

Seeking A Better Country: 300 Years of American Presbyterianism. P&R Books, 2007.

A Secular Faith: Why Christianity Favors the Separation of Church and State. Ivan R. Dee, 2006.

The Lost Soul of American Protestantism, Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.

The University Gets Religion: Religious Studies and American Higher Education. Johns Hopkins, 1999.

Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America. Johns Hopkins, 1994.

Online Publications

“Painting evangelicals as hypocrites.” Washington Times, 2019.

“The World Ike Wrought.” The Wall Street Journal, 2015.

“Consciences at a Crossroads.” The Wall Street Journal, 2016.

“Fundamental Mistakes.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2016.

“What the Writings of H.L. Mencken Can Tell Us About Religion and Politics Today.” The Federalist, 2017.


I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, rooted for the Phillies in the era of Richie Allen, attended university in the city, and lived there off and on for the better part of 15 years. As such, I am attached to the East Coast and its urban centers (including Boston and Baltimore). My interest in history began even while I majored in film at Temple. Reading Shakespeare prompted an interest in early modern England, though I could not shake an attachment to 1920s America thanks to reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in high school.

Ever since then, my training in history, and practice of it in the classroom and at the keyboard, has zigged and zagged from 1920s Baltimore and eighteenth-century Philadelphia to sixteenth-century Geneva and twentieth-century Wheaton. That is the great thing about history-you never know where it leads, even to living in south-central Michigan for the longest period of your life.