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Holding on to the Faith : Confessional Traditions in American Christianity - Professor Douglas A. Sweeney

Holding on to the Faith

Confessional Traditions in American Christianity

By: Professor Douglas A. Sweeney (Editor), Charles Hambrick-Stowe (Editor), James D. Bratt (Contribution by), Peter R. D'Agostino (Contribution by), Kathryn Greene-McCreight (Contribution by)


Published: 3rd October 2008
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Traditional ways of living the Christian faith--shaped and guided by confessional norms--exhibit remarkable staying power in American religious life. Holding On to the Faith addresses issues related to the persistence of confessional forms of Christianity in the face of utilitarian, democratic, evangelical American popular religious culture. Whereas historians in the twentieth century typically used terms like "countervailing," "alternative," or "immigrant faith" to describe confessional Christianity, it is now clear that groups which have maintained roots in doctrinal, liturgical, and institutional traditions are an integral part of American life. In Holding On to the Faith ten scholars of American religion contribute chapters analyzing the American experience of ecclesial groups ranging from Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism to the Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican/Episcopal, and even Mennonite traditions. Editors Douglas A. Sweeney and Charles Hambrick-Stowe discuss common themes and pose questions for further discussion.

Underrepresented in the canon of American religious historiography, confessional traditions have yet to receive sufficient critical consideration for the role they have played in the narrative of Christianity in the United States. This noteworthy collection of essays opens up that dialogue and provides a superb entry point into the developing conversation about what it means to be "confessional" in America.--Lawrence R. Rast, Jr., Academic Dean, Concordia Theological Seminary

Confessional Traditions in Americap. 1
"Passing Through Many a Hard School and Test": Confessions, Piety, Liberty and the Lutheran Experience in the United Statesp. 15
Contesting the Faith: The Internal Struggle of American Lutheranismp. 29
Presbyterian Confessional Identity and its Dilemmasp. 47
Eternally True, Variably Useful: How Confessions Worked in Some American Reformed Churchesp. 71
After Establishment, What? The Paradox of the History of the Episcopal Church in Americap. 91
Who's Got the Spirit in the Episcopal Church? A Case Study of the "Connecticut Six"p. 109
Mennonites and Democracy: Shaped by War and Rumors of Warp. 123
Rome in America: Transnational Allegiances and Adjustmentsp. 139
Tammany Catholicism: The Semi-Established Church in the Immigrant Cityp. 155
The Eastern Orthodox Christian Church in North America: Continuity and Change in the Twenty First Centuryp. 171
Conclusion: Holding Onto the Faith? The Complexity of American Confessionalismp. 187
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ISBN: 9780761841326
ISBN-10: 0761841326
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 3rd October 2008
Publisher: University Press of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.32