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 models of the religion that oppose evolution, embody slender conceptions of family members values, and proceed to insist that the us can be understood as a Christian kingdom. during this booklet, considered one of our preeminent students of yank highbrow historical past examines how liberal Protestant thinkers struggled to embody modernity, even on the price of yielding a lot of the symbolic capital of Christianity to extra conservative, evangelical groups of faith.
If faith isn't easily a personal hindrance, yet a possible foundation for public coverage and a countrywide tradition, does this suggest that spiritual rules could be topic to an identical type of powerful public debate commonly given to rules approximately race, gender, and the financial system? Or is there whatever specified approximately non secular rules that invitations a suspension of serious dialogue? those essays, gathered the following for the 1st time, exhibit that the serious dialogue of spiritual principles has been critical to the method wherein Protestantism has been liberalized in the course of the historical past of the us, and make clear the advanced dating 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 ebook gains an informative basic advent in addition to concise introductions to every essay.
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