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

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In this book, twelve historians examine the nature of the American Protestant establishment and its response to the growing pluralism of this century. 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 over, but a new era in which religious pluralism would be widely accepted had not yet arrived.
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"It should be clear from my remarks that I consider this a pioneering and already landmark achievement." Martin E. Marty, Christian Century

"Because of its insightful, systematic, and in-depth treatment, this book adds considerably to one's understanding of the American Protestant establishment during the period 1900-60..." Choice

"William Hutchison and his collaborators offer a rich and stimulating series of essays...Between the Times not only defines an era; it also explores a central transformation in twentieth-century American culture." John F. Wilson, Princeton University

"The central themes which emerge are critical to understanding what happened to American mainstream Protestant churches in the twentieth century and their future...The essays offer a fascinating kaleidoscope of perspectives on aspects of this Protestant establishment and its 'travail' in maintaining authority...Facile generalizations about the importance of the 1960s will have to be modified by these thoughful reassessments of the Protestant establishment at its zenith." Presbyterian Outlook

On the resolution of counter transference problems, and the drama of life surrounding the practice of therapy. Twelve historians examine the nature of the Protestant establishment and its response to the growing pluralism of the times. They review the expressed aims of the main denominations, and present views of the establishment by Jewish, Catholic, black and women outsiders. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Preface: from Protestant to pluralist America; Part I. Introduction: 1. Protestantism as establishment William R. Hutchison; Part II. The Protestant Agenda: Old Business: 2. The pulpit and the pews Edwin S. Gaustad; 3. Ministry on the margin: Protestants and education Dorothy C. Bass; 4. Reaching out: mainline protestantism and the media Dennis N. Voskuil; Part III. The Protestant Agenda: Matters Arising: 5. Voice of many waters: church federation in the twentieth century Robert A. Schneider; 6. The reform establishment and the ambiguities of influence William McGuire King; Part IV. Outsiders and 'Junior Partners': 7. United and slighted: women as subordinated insiders Virginia Lieson Brereton; 8. An enduring distance: Black Americans and the establishment David W. Wills; 9. A wary collaboration: Jews, Catholics, and the Protestant Goodwill movement Benny Kraut; Part V. External Challenges: 10. Secularization: religion and the social sciences R. Laurence Moore; 11. A plural world: the Protestant awakening to world religions Grant Wacker; 12. The rise of the 'New Evangelicalism': shock and adjustment Mark Silk; Part VI. Conclusion: 13. Discovering America William R. Hutchison; Index.
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