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Liberal Protestant Decline

Mark Chaves

in American Religion: Contemporary Trends

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691146850
eISBN:
9781400839957
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691146850.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the decline in Liberal Protestant denominations in recent decades. This is one of the best known religious trends of the last several decades, but it often is misunderstood. ... More


After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Ecumenical Protestantism and the Modern American Encounter with Diversity

David A. Hollinger

in After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Protestant Liberalism in Modern American History

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691158426
eISBN:
9781400845996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691158426.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter addresses the question of why “mainline” Protestant churches experienced a dramatic loss of numbers from the mid-1960s through the early twenty-first century, while the evangelical ... More


The Accommodation of Protestant Christianity with the Enlightenment: An Old Drama Still Being Enacted

David A. Hollinger

in After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Protestant Liberalism in Modern American History

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691158426
eISBN:
9781400845996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691158426.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter discusses the engagement of Protestant Christianity with the Enlightenment in the United States—an engagement that most often took the form of “accommodation.” The bulk of the men and ... More


American Religion: Contemporary Trends

Mark Chaves

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691146850
eISBN:
9781400839957
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691146850.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Most Americans say they believe in God, and more than a third say they attend religious services every week. Yet studies show that people do not really go to church as often as they claim, and it is ... More


Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity

Pamela Klassen

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520244283
eISBN:
9780520950443
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520244283.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This book reveals how liberal Protestants went from being early-twentieth-century medical missionaries seeking to convert others through science and scripture, to becoming vocal critics of missionary ... More


Fundamentalists in the City: Conflict and Division in Boston's Churches, 1885-1950

Margaret Lamberts Bendroth

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195173901
eISBN:
9780199835577
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195173902.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Surveying the social, geographical, and political context of late 19th and early 20th century Boston, Bendroth offers a new perspective on the rise of American fundamentalism. Her approach emphasizes ... More


Epilogue: Afterlives of an Invented Past

Heather R. White

in Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469624112
eISBN:
9781469624792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624112.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This epilogue argues that the support of liberal Protestants for the gay rights movement had been eclipsed by the Christian Right. Activists of this movement presented religion as a sui generis ... More


Introduction: Healing Christians

Pamela E. Klassen

in Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520244283
eISBN:
9780520950443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520244283.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This introductory chapter explains the theme of this volume, which is about the work of liberal Protestants concerning medicine and healing. It discusses the anthropologies of the spiritual body, the ... More


Shifting Conceptions of Heaven from the Roaring Twenties to the Fabulous Fifties

Gary Scott Smith

in Heaven in the American Imagination

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199738953
eISBN:
9780199897346
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738953.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The most popular views of heaven during these four decades reflected the nation's increased religious diversity. Heavenly recognition, implementing heavenly principles in this world, adopting a ... More


Introduction: How the Bible Came to Speak about Homosexuality

Heather R. White

in Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469624112
eISBN:
9781469624792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624112.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This introductory chapter traces the history of homosexuality in mainline Protestantism. Appearing for the first time in the Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Bible in 1946, in Apostle Paul's ... More


Anthropologies of the Spiritual Body

Pamela E. Klassen

in Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520244283
eISBN:
9780520950443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520244283.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines what constituted a liberal Protestant anthropology of the spiritual body. It explains that events of sickness and healing were experiences in which liberal Protestants contended ... More


Churchmen and Homophiles

Heather R. White

in Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469624112
eISBN:
9781469624792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624112.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter reveals how liberal Protestants in San Francisco became influential allies and advocates of the emerging homosexual identity movement by examining the Council on Religion and the ... More


The Gilded Age Crisis of Faith and the Reevaluation of Religious Pluralism

David Mislin

in Saving Faith: Making Religious Pluralism an American Value at the Dawn of the Secular Age

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453946
eISBN:
9781501701436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453946.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This introductory chapter traces the process by which anxieties about declining religious commitments resulted in the affirmation of the diversity of beliefs and practices. The enthusiasm for ... More


Drawing Together: The Cooperative Impulse in Liberal Religious Thought

David Mislin

in Saving Faith: Making Religious Pluralism an American Value at the Dawn of the Secular Age

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453946
eISBN:
9781501701436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453946.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter explores how the liberal Protestants sought to unite in an effort to restore their influence. While some of these cooperative endeavors led to the establishment of institutions that ... More


Slavery and Sin: The Fight against Slavery and the Rise of Liberal Protestantism

Molly Oshatz

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199751686
eISBN:
9780199918799
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751686.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Slavery and Sin reveals the antislavery origins of liberal Protestantism. Unable to use the letter of the Bible to answer the proslavery claim that slavery was not a sin in and of ... More


Saving Faith: Making Religious Pluralism an American Value at the Dawn of the Secular Age

David Mislin

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453946
eISBN:
9781501701436
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453946.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This book chronicles the transformative historical moment when Americans began to reimagine their nation as one strengthened by the diverse faiths of its peoples. Between 1875 and 1925, liberal ... More


The Therapeutic Orthodoxy

Heather R. White

in Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469624112
eISBN:
9781469624792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624112.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter explores the mid-century invention of the liberal Protestant “therapeutic orthodoxy” and the flourishing of its intertwined outcomes: a newly prohibited biblical category of “homosexual ... More


Conclusion: Critical Condition

Pamela E. Klassen

in Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520244283
eISBN:
9780520950443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520244283.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the work of liberal Protestants concerning medicine and healing. It contends that liberal Protestants championed a metaphor hard to ... More


Correcting Elijah’s Mistake: The Liberal Protestant Embrace of Comparative Religion

David Mislin

in Saving Faith: Making Religious Pluralism an American Value at the Dawn of the Secular Age

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453946
eISBN:
9781501701436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453946.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter analyzes the popularity of spiritual exploration and religious comparison that flourished in the late nineteenth century. By utilizing the model of revelation as a gradual, unfolding ... More


Twilight Faith: The Embrace of Doubt as the Embrace of Diversity

David Mislin

in Saving Faith: Making Religious Pluralism an American Value at the Dawn of the Secular Age

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453946
eISBN:
9781501701436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453946.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter looks at how the seemingly rampant skepticism of the Gilded Age led many Protestants to reexamine the nature of doubt. Drawing on two theological ideas—the “person of Jesus” as the ... More


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