In recent years mail deliveries have included a new kind of invitation to Protestant Christianity: slick brochures enumerating the social and psychological advantages of church attendancewith no mention whatsoever of spiritual striving, suffering, or faith in God. Does this kind of secularity prevail not only in direct-mail Christianity but also in mainline Protestant churches? Finding the sermon to be the centerpiece of Protestant worship, Marsha Witten looks for the answer to this question in an in-depth analysis of preaching on an important New Testament text: the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
|Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Marsha G. Witten is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Franklin and Marshall College.