Beyond Establishment / Edition 1

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This book takes a novel, cultural approach to studying mainline denominations, focusing on the denominations' religious and moral vision—the beliefs, values, symbols, stories, and style that make a denomination distinct. Of special concern are the ways in which denominations passed on their vision and how they maintained plausibility under changing circumstances. Contributors include a variety of authors, historians, sociologists, anthropologists, educators, and liturgists who examine ways in which denominations have sought to transmit their culture with varying degrees of success or failure.

A novel, cultural approach to studying mainline denominations. Focusing on each denomination's religious and moral vision--the beliefs, values, symbols, and style that makes it distinct--this book features contributions from a variety of authors, historians, scholars, educators, anthropologists, and liturgists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664253967
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Jackson W. Carroll is Williams Professor Emeritus of Religion and Society at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. Carroll is author, coauthor, or editor of fourteen books and numerous articles, and he has lectured widely, both in the United States and abroad.

Wade Clark Roof is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author or editor of several books, including American Mainline Religion (with William McKinney).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Contributors 8
Introduction 11
Pt. 1 Denominations as Local Institutions
1 Fellowship Ties and the Transmission of Religious Identity 32
2 Denominational Identity and the Church School - Teasing Out a Relationship 54
3 Ritual and the Transmission of a Cultural Tradition: An Ethnographic Perspective 74
4 "Songs My Mother Taught Me": Hymns as Transmitters of Faith 99
5 Women's Organizations: Centers of Denominational Loyalty and Expressions of Christian Unity 116
Pt. 2 Denominations as Translocal Institutions
6 Places and Occasions in the Transmission of Denominational Culture: The Case of "Southern Presbyterians" 142
7 Church-Related Colleges: Transmitters of Denominational Cultures? 157
8 Denominational Ministry on University Campuses 173
9 The Theological Schools: Transmission, Transformation, and Transcendence of Denominational Culture 188
10 Presbyterian Ordination Practice as a Case Study in the Transmission of Denominational Identity 205
Pt. 3 Denominational Identity and Culture: Case Studies
11 Timeless Priorities in Changing Contexts: African Americans and Denominationalism 228
12 Between Myth and Hard Data: A Denomination Struggles with Identity 248
13 History as a Bearer of Denominational Identity: Methodism as a Case Study 270
14 The Meanings of a Merger: Denominational Identity in the United Church of Christ 296
15 Presbyterian Culture: Views from "the Edge" 309
16 Toward a Post-Denominational World Church 327
Epilogue: Beyond Establishment, but in Which Direction? 343
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