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Between the Times : The Travail of the Protestant Establishment in America, 1900-1960 - William R. Hutchison

Between the Times

The Travail of the Protestant Establishment in America, 1900-1960

By: William R. Hutchison (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 29th September 1989
ISBN: 9780521361682
Number Of Pages: 344

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During the first six decades of this century, the so-called mainline Protestant denominations in America were compelled to accommodate to the growing influences of diverse religions and growing secularization. In this book, twelve historians examine the nature of the American Protestant establishment and its response to the growing pluralism of the times. The goals of the establishment are first examined from the inside, as they were voiced from the pulpit, expressed in education and through the media, and applied in ecumenical and social-reforming ventures. The establishment is then viewed through the eyes of outsiders - Jews and Catholics - and those at the periphery of the establishment's core - and women. The authors conclude that the period surveyed forms a distinct epoch in the evolution of American Protestantism. The days when Protestant cultural authority could be taken for granted were certainly over, but a new era in which religious pluralism would be widely accepted had not yet arrived.

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'William Hutchison and his collaborators offer a rich and stimulating series of essays. Well-crafted chapters with ample footnotes (and references to major secondary studies) serve the reader well. The individual elements of the book are sensitively situated by Hutchison's deft introductions and conclusions. Between the Times will stimulate serious students as well as seasoned scholars ... It also goes without saying that the book should promote reflection within religious communities. Between the Times not only defines an era; it also explores a central transformation in twentieth-century American culture.' John F. Wilson, Princeton University 'Between the Times is a splendid book! ... Hutchison and his colleagues fill a hole that has existed for decades but been noticed only in recent years.' Phillip E. Hammond, University of California at Santa Barbara 'The central themes are critical to understanding what happened to American mainstream Protestant churches in the 20th century ... The essays offer a fascinating kaleidoscope of perspectives on aspects of this Protestant establishment and its 'travail' in maintaining authority ... Facile generalizations about the importance of the 1960s will have to be modified by these thoughtful reassessments of the Protestant establishment at its zenith.' John N. Muldar, The Presbyterian Outlook 'I consider this a pioneering and already landmark achievement.' Martin Marty, The Christian Century

Preface: From Protestant to Pluralist Americap. vii
List of Contributorsp. xvi
Introductionp. 1
Protestantism as Establishmentp. 3
The Protestant Agenda: Old Businessp. 19
The Pulpit and the Pewsp. 21
Ministry on the Margin: Protestants and Educationp. 48
Reaching Out: Mainline Protestantism and the Mediap. 72
The Protestant Agenda: Matters Arisingp. 93
Voice of Many Waters: Church Federation in the Twentieth Centuryp. 95
The Reform Establishment and the Ambiguities of Influencep. 141
Outsiders and "Junior Partners"p. 141
United and Slighted: Women as Subordinated Insidersp. 143
An Enduring Distance: Black Americans and the Establishmentp. 168
A Wary Collaboration: Jews, Catholics, and the Protestant Goodwill Movementp. 193
External Challengesp. 231
Secularization: Religion and the Social Sciencesp. 233
A Plural World: The Protestant Awakening to World Religionsp. 253
The Rise of the "New Evangelicalism": Shock and Adjustmentp. 278
Conclusionp. 301
Discovering Americap. 303
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780521361682
ISBN-10: 0521361680
Series: Cambridge Studies in Religion and American Public Life
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 29th September 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.64