American Denominational History: Perspectives on the Past, Prospects for the Future

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Keith Harper
University of Alabama Press, Sep 24, 2008 - Religion - 222 pages
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This work brings various important topics and groups in American religious history the rigor of scholarly assessment of the current literature. The fruitful questions that are posed by the positions and experiences of the various groups are carefully examined. American Denominational History points the way for the next decade of scholarly effort.
 
Contents
Roman Catholics by Amy Koehlinger
Congregationalists by Margaret Bendroth
Presbyterians by Sean Michael Lucas
American Baptists by Keith Harper
Methodists by Jennifer L. Woodruff Tait
Black Protestants by Paul Harvey
Mormons by David J. Whittaker
Pentecostals by Randall J. Stephens
Evangelicals by Barry Hankins    
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Catholic Distinctiveness and the Challenge of American Denominationalism Amy Koehlinger
7
2 New Directions on the Congregational Way Margaret Bendroth
31
Denominational History and the Quest for Identity Sean Michael Lucas
50
An Overview of American Baptist Historiography Keith Harper
71
Defining Methodist Identity through the History of Methodist Polity Jennifer L Woodruff Tait
95
A Historiographical Appraisal Paul Harvey
120
7 Mormon Historiography David J Whittaker
146
Retrospect and Prospect Randall J Stephens
173
The Existential and Backward Historiography of Twentieth Century Evangelicalism Barry Hankins
196
Contributors
221
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Keith Harper is Professor of Church History, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Quality of Mercy: Southern Baptist and Social Christianity, 1890-1920.

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