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Reimagining Denominationalism : Interpretive Essays - Robert Bruce Mullin

Reimagining Denominationalism

Interpretive Essays

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Published: 30th June 1994
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Denominationalism - that "free market" mode of organizing religious life which, some say, manages to combine traditional religious claims with a free society in a peculiarly American way - is the subject of this collection of previously unpublished papers.
No institution, the editors argue, is as crucial for the understanding of American religious life, yet so much in need of reassessment as the denomination. In a wide-ranging collection of articles, a distinguished set of commentators on American religion examine the denomination's past and present roles, its definable nature, and its evolution over time. The study of denominations, the authors show, sheds light on broader understandings of American religious and cultural life.
The contributors - scholars of the Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Mormon, and African-American traditions - explore the state and history of denominational studies in America, suggesting new models and approaches drawn from anthropology, sociology, theology, history, and history of religions. They offer provocative case studies that reimagine denominational studies.

The interpretive essays gathered here constitute a significant contribution to the study of denominations. The volume boasts a wide variety of methodologies and commentators ... In helping us to reimagine denominationalism, the present volume lays an indispensable groundwork from which to survey the changing landscape of religion in America.

Contributors

Introduction Russell E. Richey and Robert Bruce Mullin

I. Overviews The Death and Rebirth of Denominational History Henry Warner Bowden

Denominational Studies in the Reshaping of American Religious History William R. Hutchinson

The People as Well as the Prelates: A Social History of a Denomination Jay P. Dolan

Denominationalism and the Black Church Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp

Denominations and Denominationalism: An American Morphology Russell E. Richey

The Question of Denominational Histories in the United States: Dead End or Creative Beginning? Charles H. Long

II. Models Denominations: Who and What Are We Studying? Nancy T. Ammerman

''Have You Ever Prayed to Saint Jude?'': Reflections on Fieldwork in Catholic Chicago Robert A. Orsi

Denominations as Bilingual Communities Robert Bruce Mullin

Remembering, Recovering, and Inventing What Being the People of God Means: Reflections on Method in the Scholarly Writing of Denominational History Jan Shipps

III. Case Studies Denominational History When Gender Is the Focus: Women in American Methodism Jean Mill Schmidt

Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox Judaism in America: Is There an Alternative to Denominationalism? Marc Lee Raphael

African Methodisms and the Rise of Black Denominationalism Will B. Gravely

Presbyterians and the Mystique of Organizational Efficiency, 1870-1936 James H. Moorhead

''Denominational'' Colleges in Antebellum America? A Case Study of Presbyterians and Methodists in the South Bradley J. Longfield

Denominational History as Public History: The Lutheran Case Christa R. Klein

Index

ISBN: 9780195087789
ISBN-10: 019508778X
Series: Religion in America
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 30th June 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.67