Practicing Protestants: Histories of Christian Life in America, 1630-1965

Overview

This collection of essays explores the significance of practice in understanding American Protestant life. The authors are historians of American religion, practical theologians, and pastors and were the twelve principal researchers in a three-year collaborative project sponsored by the Lilly Endowment.

Profiling practices that range from Puritan devotional writing to twentieth-century prayer, from missionary tactics to African American ritual performance, these essays provide a...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (12) from $3.90   
  • New (5) from $22.17   
  • Used (7) from $3.90   
Sending request ...

Overview

This collection of essays explores the significance of practice in understanding American Protestant life. The authors are historians of American religion, practical theologians, and pastors and were the twelve principal researchers in a three-year collaborative project sponsored by the Lilly Endowment.

Profiling practices that range from Puritan devotional writing to twentieth-century prayer, from missionary tactics to African American ritual performance, these essays provide a unique historical perspective on how Protestants have lived their faith within and outside of the church and how practice has formed their identities and beliefs. Each chapter focuses on a different practice within a particular social and cultural context. The essays explore transformations in American religious culture from Puritan to Evangelical and Enlightenment sensibilities in New England, issues of mission, nationalism, and American empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, devotional practices in the flux of modern intellectual predicaments, and the claims of late-twentieth-century liberal Protestant pluralism.

Breaking new ground in ritual studies and cultural history, Practicing Protestants offers a distinctive history of American Protestant practice.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Studies in American Culture - David Fillingim

Each of the essays in Practicing Protestants offers rewarding insights into some facet of American religion.

Journal of Contemporary Religion - Kenneth B. Bedell

Thoughtful, thought provoking, well researched, well written, and engaging... A wonderful showcase of the scholarship of American church historians.

H-Net Reviews - Emily Wright

A unique perspective into a burgeoning field... Will undoubtedly provide a scholarly benchmark from which other historical and theoretical studies in practice theory can be examined.

Historian - Michael Pasquier

Practicing Protestants is both comprehensive in its introduction to the study of religious practice and specialized in its consideration of many and varied subjects pertaining to religion in America. It is a book long overdue, and thus a starting point for more collaborative efforts to understand the complicated lives of American Christians.

Church History - Sylvester Johnson

A very readable and theoretically astute collection of essays that brings to light valuable conclusions drawn from original research. Readers will really appreciate the value of this volume for teaching and research.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801883620
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Series: Lived Religions
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp is an associate professor of religious studies and American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Leigh E. Schmidt is a professor of religion at Princeton University. Mark Valeri is the E. T. Thompson Professor of Church History at the Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Pt. I Puritan and evangelical practice in New England, 1630-1800
1 Writing as a Protestant practice : devotional diaries in early New England 19
2 Forgiveness : from the Puritans to Jonathan Edwards 35
Pt. II Mission, nation, and Christian practice, 1820-19240
3 Assembling bodies and souls : missionary practices on the Pacific frontier 51
4 Honoring elders : practices of sagacity and deference in Ojibwe Christianity 77
5 Nurturing religious nationalism : Korean Americans in Hawaii 100
6 Re-forming the church : preservation, renewal, and restoration in American Christian architecture in California 118
Pt. III Devotional practices and modern predicaments, 1880-1920
7 "Acting faith" : practices of religious healing in late-nineteenth-century Protestantism 137
8 Observing the lives of the saints : sanctification as practice in the Church of God in Christ 159
9 The practice of prayer in a modern age : liberals, fundamentalists, and prayer in the early twentieth century 177
Pt. IV Liberal Protestants and universalizing practices, 1850-1965
10 Cosmopolitan piety : sympathy, comparative religions, and nineteenth-century liberalism 199
11 The practice of dance for the future of Christianity : "eurythmic worship" in New York's Roaring Twenties 222
12 Taste cultures : the visual practice of liberal Protestantism, 1940-1965 250
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)