American Religious Liberalism

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Leigh E. Schmidt, Sally M. Promey
Indiana University Press, Jul 30, 2012 - Religion - 430 pages
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Religious liberalism in America has often been equated with an ecumenical Protestant establishment. By contrast, American Religious Liberalism draws attention to the broad diversity of liberal cultures that shapes America’s religious movements. The essays gathered here push beyond familiar tropes and boundaries to interrogate religious liberalism’s dense cultural leanings by looking at spirituality in the arts, the politics and piety of religious cosmopolitanism, and the interaction between liberal religion and liberal secularism. Readers will find a kaleidoscopic view of many of the progressive strands of America’s religious past and present in this richly provocative volume.

 

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Contents

The Parameters and Problematics of American Religious Liberalism
1
Part 1 The Spiritual in Art
15
Part 2 The Piety and Politics of Liberal Ecumenism
139
Part 3 Pragmatism Secularism and Internationalism
291
Religious Liberalism and Ecumenical SelfInterrogation
374
Contributors
389
Index
393
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Leigh E. Schmidt is Edward Mallinckrodt University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and is affiliated with the Center on Religion and Politics. He is author of Restless Souls: The Making of American Spirituality.

Sally M. Promey is Professor of American Studies, Religion, and Visual Culture at Yale University, where she is also Deputy Director of the Institute of Sacred Music. She is author of Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent’s "Triumph of Religion" at the Boston Public Library.

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