Protestantism in America / Edition 1

Protestantism in America / Edition 1

by Randall Balmer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231111312

ISBN-13: 2900231111316

Pub. Date: 11/11/2005

Publisher: Columbia University Press

As America has become more pluralistic, Protestantism, with its long roots in American history and culture, has hardly remained static. This finely crafted portrait of a remarkably complex group of Christian denominations describes Protestantism´s history, constituent subgroups and their activities, and the way in which its dialectic with American culture has

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As America has become more pluralistic, Protestantism, with its long roots in American history and culture, has hardly remained static. This finely crafted portrait of a remarkably complex group of Christian denominations describes Protestantism´s history, constituent subgroups and their activities, and the way in which its dialectic with American culture has shaped such facets of the wider society as healthcare, welfare, labor relations, gender roles, and political discourse.Part I provides an introduction to the religion´s essential beliefs, a brief history, and a taxonomy of its primary American varieties. Part II shows the diversity of the tradition with vivid accounts of life and worship in a variety of mainline and evangelical churches. Part III explores the vexed relationship Protestantism maintains with critical social issues, including homosexuality, feminism, and social justice. The appendices include biographical sketches of notable Protestant leaders, a chronology, a glossary, and an annotated list of resources for further study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900231111316
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/11/2005
Series:
Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction: Easter Sunday1
Part 1Background
Chapter 1Protestantism in America11
Chapter 2A Brief History of Protestantism in America37
Chapter 3The Varieties of Protestantism in America69
Part 2Case Studies
Chapter 4Williston Federated Church91
Chapter 5Abyssinian Baptist Church101
Chapter 6New Life Family Fellowship110
Part 3Challenges
Chapter 7Protestants and Feminism121
Chapter 8Protestants and Homosexuality149
Chapter 9Protestants and Social Justice179
Conclusion: The Promise of Protestantism in the Twenty-first Century194
Profiles217
Chronology247
Glossary249
Notes259
Index271

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