Between the Times: The Travail of the Protestant Establishment in America, 1900-1960

Between the Times: The Travail of the Protestant Establishment in America, 1900-1960

by William R. Hutchison
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521361680

ISBN-13: 9780521361682

Pub. Date: 11/28/2014

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

During the first six decades of this century, the so-called mainline Protestant denominations in America were compelled to accommodate to the growing influences of diverse religions and growing secularization. In this book, twelve historians examine the nature of the American Protestant establishment and its response to the growing pluralism of the times. The goals of

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During the first six decades of this century, the so-called mainline Protestant denominations in America were compelled to accommodate to the growing influences of diverse religions and growing secularization. In this book, twelve historians examine the nature of the American Protestant establishment and its response to the growing pluralism of the times. The goals of the establishment are first examined from the inside, as they were voiced from the pulpit, expressed in education and through the media, and applied in ecumenical and social-reforming ventures. The establishment is then viewed through the eyes of outsiders--Jews and Catholics--and those at the periphery of the establishment's core--blacks and women.

The authors conclude that the period surveyed forms a distinct epoch in the evolution of American Protestantism. The days when Protestant cultural authority could be taken for granted were certainly over, but a new era in which religious pluralism would be widely accepted had not yet arrived.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521361682
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2014
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Religion and American Public Life Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: From Protestant to Pluralist Americavii
List of Contributorsxvi
IIntroduction1
1Protestantism as Establishment3
IIThe Protestant Agenda: Old Business19
2The Pulpit and the Pews21
3Ministry on the Margin: Protestants and Education48
4Reaching Out: Mainline Protestantism and the Media72
IIIThe Protestant Agenda: Matters Arising93
5Voice of Many Waters: Church Federation in the Twentieth Century95
6The Reform Establishment and the Ambiguities of Influence141
IVOutsiders and "Junior Partners"141
7United and Slighted: Women as Subordinated Insiders143
8An Enduring Distance: Black Americans and the Establishment168
9A Wary Collaboration: Jews, Catholics, and the Protestant Goodwill Movement193
VExternal Challenges231
10Secularization: Religion and the Social Sciences233
11A Plural World: The Protestant Awakening to World Religions253
12The Rise of the "New Evangelicalism": Shock and Adjustment278
VIConclusion301
13Discovering America303
Index311

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