Congregations in Conflict: Cultural Models of Local Religious Life

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Cambridge University Press, May 28, 1999 - Social Science - 267 pages
There are more than 300,000 religious congregations in the United States; these communities have more members and generate more participation than any other set of voluntary organizations in American society. This picture of dynamism belies recent, prevailing scholarship that perceives a decline in traditional religious authority, in Americans' commitment to organized religion, and in religious institutions' level of public engagement. Penny Edgell Becker, in this pioneering comparative study of local congregations, argues that the case for declinein community, in commitment, in public engagement - does not stand up to closer scrutiny. Congregations in Conflict: Cultural Models of Local Religious Life examines the nature of American congregations as institutions, looking in particular at how they deal with conflict within their ranks, to gain insight into religious culture, or the moral order of local religious life.
 

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Contents

WHO WE ARE AND HOW WE DO THINGS HERE LOCAL UNDERSTANDINGS OF MISSION AND IDENTITY
1
THE CONGREGATIONS OF OAK PARK RIVER FOREST AND FOREST PARK
26
HOUSES OF WORSHIP
53
FAMILY CONGREGATIONS
77
COMMUNITY CONGREGATIONS
101
LEADER CONGREGATIONS
126
MIXED CONGREGATIONS
149
AN INSTITUTIONAL APPROACH TO LOCAL CULTURE
172
AMERICAN CONGREGATIONAL RELIGION
206
DATA AND METHODS
237
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
249
REFERENCES
252
INDEX
265
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