(Darryl) D.G. Hart

D.G. Hart

Distinguished 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.