Protestantism in America, 1st Edition

  • Randall Balmer
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  • ISBN-10: 0231507690
  • ISBN-13: 9780231507691
  • DDC: 280.40973
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 295 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released August 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Describes Protestantism's history and essential beliefs. Examines the diversity of the tradition with accounts of life and worship in a variety of mainline and evangelical churches. Explores the vexed relationship Protestantism maintains with critical social issues, including homosexuality, feminism, and social justice.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Easter Sunday.
“Middling” Protestantism.
Centrality of the Sermon.
Evangelical Versus Liberal.
Protestant Sacramentalism.
Everyone Welcome.
1: Protestantism in America.
2: Protestantism in Colonial America.
3: Classifying American Protestants in the Nineteenth Century.
4: Definitions: Evangelical and Liberal.
5: The Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy.
6: Characteristics of an Evangelical Protestant.
7: Characteristics of a Liberal Protestant.
8: Protestant Sacramentalism.
9: Protestant Demographics.
10: The Aberration of “Mainline Protestantism”.
11: The Roots of Division.
12: The “Mainline Mirage”.
13: The Evangelical Resurgence.
14: American Protestantism at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century.
15: A Brief History of Protestantism in America.
16: The Legacy of Puritanism.
17: The Legacy of Pietism.
18: The Age of Awakenings.
19: New Lights Versus Old Lights.
20: Protestantism and the American Revolution.
21: Protestantism and Democracy.
22: Protestantism and the Sectional Crisis.
23: Postmillennialism and Arminianism.
24: Protestants and Social Reform.
25: The Emergence of Liberal Protestantism.
26: Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism.
27: American Protestantism at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century.
28: The Varieties of Protestantism in America.
29: A Taxonomy of Liberal Protestantism.
30: A Taxonomy of Evangelical Protestantism.
Case Studies.
31: Williston Federated Church.
32: Liberal Protestants and Ecumenism.
33: Protestant Musical Styles.
34: Protestants and Prayer.
35: Williston and the Larger World.
36: Abyssinian Baptist Church.
37: The Baptist Tradition.
38: The Church at Prayer.
39: Middle-Class Black Protestantism.
40: The Centrality of the Sermon.
41: Congregational Response.
42: New Life Family Fellowship.
43: “New Wave” Evangelicalism.
44: The Holy Spirit.
45: Praise Music.
46: Holy Communion.
47: Successful Formula.
48: Protestants and Feminism.
49: “Examined Anew”: Feminist Theology.
50: Speaking of God(ess?).
51: Women in the Pulpit.
52: Complementarians, Egalitarians, and Other Evangelicals.
53: Bible Battles.
54: Denominational Spotlight: Women and the Southern Baptist Convention.
55: Men’s Revival: Promise Keepers and Masculinity.
56: Feminism and American Protestantism.
57: Protestants and Homosexuality.
58: Sex and Scripture.
59: The Larger Picture.
60: Christians and Gays in the Public Square.
61: Tales of Two Trials: Jimmy Creech and Walter Righter.
62: Fissure in a Church.
63: Gay Christians Off the Beaten Path.
64: The Elusive Center.
65: Protestants and Social Justice.
66: The History of Protestants and Social Justice.
67: The Varieties of Activist Experience.
68: After Civil Rights: Racial Reconciliation.
69: Charitable Choice: Faith-Based Social Programs and the Federal Government.
The Promise of Protestantism in the Twenty-First Century.
The Protestant Century?.
Renewal of Preaching.
Spiritual Direction and the Recovery of Liturgy.
A New Generation.
Protestant Engagement with Popular Culture.
Protestant Intellectual Renaissance.
Half Empty or Half Full?.