Protestant mentality in Germany underwent much change during the nineteenth century. Cultural forces accompanying the process of modernization helped to make widespread an attitude of indifference toward Protestant Christianity. German Protestants, however, kept their confessional distinctiveness and never assumed a completely post-Christian sense of themselves. The experience of learning the Protestant faith as a child was crucial to preserving the Protestant identity. For many adults, especially in small-town settings, remaining a Protestant Christian meant living lost faith based upon childhood memories that Protestant clergy and instructors worked to create and shape.
|Publisher:||Peter Lang Publishing Inc.|
|Series:||American University Studies Series: Series 7: Theology and Religion , #224|
|Product dimensions:||5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.20(d)|
About the Author
The Author: Michael B. McDuffee is Professor of History and Historical Theology at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois. He earned his Ph.D. in comparative European history from Brandeis University, Watham, Massachusetts. Professor McDuffee continues to explore the role of religious life in modern and postmodern culture.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||The Town of Butzbach, Its Character and Setting||9|
|Chapter 2||Protestant Christianity: A Child's Religion||15|
|Chapter 3||De-Christianized Clergy and Laity||25|
|Chapter 4||Catechism Instruction Lost||57|
|Chapter 5||Confirmed: Centerpiece of Protestant Identity||71|
|Chapter 6||The Changing Protestant Mind||87|
|Chapter 7||... With Shifting Emphasis||103|