After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Protestant Liberalism in by David A. Hollinger

By David A. Hollinger

The function of liberalized, ecumenical Protestantism in American heritage has too usually been obscured by means of the extra flamboyant and orthodox types of the religion that oppose evolution, include slim conceptions of relatives values, and proceed to insist that the U.S. might be understood as a Christian country. during this publication, one in every of our preeminent students of yankee highbrow heritage examines how liberal Protestant thinkers struggled to include modernity, even on the expense of yielding a lot of the symbolic capital of Christianity to extra conservative, evangelical groups of faith.

If faith isn't really easily a personal crisis, yet a possible foundation for public coverage and a countrywide tradition, does this suggest that non secular principles might be topic to an identical form of strong public debate quite often given to rules approximately race, gender, and the economic climate? Or is there whatever certain approximately spiritual rules that invitations a suspension of severe dialogue? those essays, accrued the following for the 1st time, show that the severe dialogue of spiritual principles has been valuable to the method during which Protestantism has been liberalized during the background of the USA, and make clear the complicated courting among faith and politics in modern American life.

After Cloven Tongues of Fire brings jointly in a single quantity David Hollinger's such a lot influential writings on ecumenical Protestantism. The publication positive factors an informative basic creation in addition to concise introductions to every essay.

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Yet it would also be a mistake to ignore what they did. In the 1940s even modest gestures distinguished the FCC from most other groups of empowered white Americans. The huge study conferences of 1942 and 1945 were held in integrated Ohio cities only after council officials had tried and failed to get assurances from hotel owner associations in Detroit and other cities that their black delegates would not be obliged to stay in segregated hotels. Very few national organizations remotely similar in size to the FCC were then refusing to convene in cities where their black participants would be humiliated.

Gilkeson, Anthropologists and the Rediscovery of America, 1886–­1965 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010). 11. Fresh light on the Protestant-­Catholic relationship in the middle decades of the nineteenth century is cast by Jon Gjerde, Catholicism and the Shaping of 19th Century America (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012). 12. Martin Marty, “Protestantism Enters Third Phase,” The Christian Century, January 18, 1961, 72. 13. I have discussed the coming together of these two antiprovincial revolts in “Ethnic Diversity, Cosmopolitanism, and the Emergence of the American Liberal Intelligentsia,” American Quarterly 27 (1975): 133–­151.

Charles Peirce, “The Fixation of Belief,” Popular Science Monthly 12 (November 1877): 1–­15. 8. An influential study of this pivotal episode in demographic diversification at a geographic distance is Grant Wacker, “A Plural World: The Protestant Awakening to World Religions,” in Between the Times: The Travail of the Protestant Establishment in America, 1900–­1960, ed. William Hutchison (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989), 253–­277. 9. Andrew Dickson White, A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom (New York: D.

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