American Mainline Religion: Its Changing Shape and Future

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Rutgers University Press, 1987 - Religion - 279 pages
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Wade Clark Roof and William McKinney argue that a new voluntarism is slowly eroding the old social and economic boundaries that once defined and separated religious groups and is opening new cleavages along moral and life-style lines. Nowhere has the impact of these changes been more profoundly felt than by the often-overlooked religious communities of the American center, or mainline--Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish.

"American Mainline Religion" provides a new "mapping" of the families of American religion and the underlying social, cultural, and demographic forces that will reshape American religion in the century to come. Going beyond the headlines in daily newspapers, Roof and McKinney document the decline of the Protestant establishment, the rise of a more assimilated and public-minded Roman Catholicism, the place of black Protestantism and Judaism, and the resurgence of conservative Protestantism as a religious and cultural force.

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One The Legacy of the Sixties
Two The New Voluntarism
Three The Fragmented Mainline
Four The Social Sources of Denominationalism
Five The Demography of Religious Change
Six Mainline Morality
Seven The Future of the Mainline
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Wade Clark Roof holds a PhD in the sociology and psychology of religion from the University of North Carolina. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at UCSB. His main areas of research interest are sociology of religion and American religious trends, and he has published widely in both fields, most recently serving as editor in chief for Macmillan Reference s "Contemporary American Religion "(2000). He also teaches a range of both undergraduate and graduate courses on religion and society.

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