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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


The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century

Matthew S. Hedstrom

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780195374490
eISBN:
9780199979141
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374490.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The story of liberal religion in the twentieth century, this book contends, is a story of cultural ascendency. This may come as a surprise. Most scholarship in American religious history, after all, ... More


The Transformation of Religion: Drawn by the Left

Matthew S. Hedstrom

in Empty Churches: Non-Affiliation in America

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197529317
eISBN:
9780197529355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197529317.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines religious disaffiliation as itself a potentially religious act. It argues that “nothing in particular,” a religious option commonly presented to respondents on social scientific ... More


Conclusion

Matthew S. Hedstrom

in The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780195374490
eISBN:
9780199979141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374490.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The conclusion opens with the story of Frank Laubach, an American missionary to the Philippines who became a noted mystic, bestselling author, and most famously, a hugely influential global promoter ... More


Fundamentalism and Its Discontents

Robert Wuthnow

in Christianity in the Twenty-First Century: Reflections on the Challenges Ahead

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195096514
eISBN:
9780199853380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096514.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Fundamentalists are the perpetual malcontents, the reactionaries, who dislike what they see in the movies, what they read in the newspapers, and what they know to be going on in liberal churches. If ... More


Social Movements and Spiritual Diversity

Joseph Kip Kosek (ed.)

in American Religion, American Politics: An Anthology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780300203516
eISBN:
9780300227802
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203516.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The 1960s and 1970s were decades of great upheaval in American life. The politics of gender, sexuality, and family changed, transformed by new reproductive technologies and a resurgent feminist ... More


Failure and Success

Albert Monshan Wu

in From Christ to Confucius: German Missionaries, Chinese Christians, and the Globalization of Christianity, 1860-1950

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780300217070
eISBN:
9780300225266
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300217070.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Church History

The conclusion offers some suggestions for the broader implications of studying the German missionary enterprise in China. It argues that the German Protestant and Catholic models of missionary work, ... More


William Sloane Coffin Jr.: A Holy Impatience

Warren Goldstein

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300102215
eISBN:
9780300135053
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300102215.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

A magnet for controversy, the media, and followers, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr. was the premier voice of northern religious liberalism for more than a quarter-century, and a worthy heir to ... More


Wanderer upon the Earth

Christopher Grasso

in Teacher, Preacher, Soldier, Spy: The Civil Wars of John R. Kelso

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
June 2021
ISBN:
9780197547328
eISBN:
9780197547359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197547328.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

In the mid-1850s, Kelso was a successful schoolteacher and preacher, reading through a college curriculum in his off hours and, intellectually, pushing past the boundaries of Methodist orthodoxy. But ... More


Mirages

Christopher Grasso

in Teacher, Preacher, Soldier, Spy: The Civil Wars of John R. Kelso

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
June 2021
ISBN:
9780197547328
eISBN:
9780197547359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197547328.003.0017
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Turning fifty, Kelso planned to enlist “in the invincible little army of Liberalism” by lecturing across the country and publishing his books. A report he published from the road tried to explain ... More


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