Although stoical New Englanders may not be showy about it, religion continues to play a powerful role in their culture. In fact, their very reticence to discuss religion may stem from long-standing religious divisions in the region. Beginning in the 1840s, Catholics flocked to the region and soon challenged the Protestant establishment. Tensions between the powerful mainline Protestant minority and the Catholic majority continues to today. This third volume in the Religion by Region series devotes many of its pages to these two dominant groups. Yet the roles of Conservative Protestants, African Americans & Jews are not overlooked. Religion and Public Life in New England also imagines the long-term effects of recent developments such as the arrival of non-Judeo-Christian religions to the region and the Catholic priest sexual abuse scandal. Religion and Public Life in New England provides a very readable account of religion in this most regional of U.S. regions.
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Meet the Author
Andrew Walsh is managing editor of Religion in the News, associate director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in the Public Life, and visiting assistant professor of history and religion at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Mark Silk is the founding director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in the Public Life and adjunct associate professor of religion at Trinity College. Silk is the author of Unsecular Media: Making News of Religion in America and Spiritual Politics: Religion and American Society Since World War II.
1 The Demographic Layout: A Tale of Two New Englands 2 Catholics I: Majority Faith with a Minority Mindset 3 Catholics II: In the Flux of Crisis 4 Mainline Protestants: Custodians of a Community 5 Conservative Protestants 6 Jews and African-Americans: Holding Down the Fort 7 Conclusion—On Common Ground