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

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William R. Hutchison
Cambridge University Press, Nov 30, 1990 - History - 344 pages
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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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Contents

Protestantism as Establishment
3
The Protestant Agenda Old Business
19
The Pulpit and the Pews
21
Ministry on the Margin Protestants and Education
48
Reaching Out Mainline Protestantism and the Media
72
The Protestant Agenda Matters Arising
93
Voice of Many Waters Church Federation in the Twentieth Century
95
The Reform Establishment and the Ambiguities of Influence
122
An Enduring Distance Black Americans and the Establishment
168
A Wary Collaboration Jews Catholics and the Protestant Goodwill Movement
193
External Challenges
231
Secularization Religion and the Social Sciences
233
A Plural World The Protestant Awakening to World Religions
253
The Rise of the New Evangelicalism Shock and Adjustment
278
Conclusion
301
Discovering America
303

Outsiders and Junior Partners
141
United and Slighted Women as Subordinated Insiders
143

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