Evangelical versus liberal
The cultural conflict that increasingly divides American society is particularly evident within Protestant Christianity. Liberals and evangelicals clash in bitter competition for the future of their respective subcultures. In this book, James Wellman examines this conflict as it is played out in the American Northwest.
Drawing on an in-depth study of twenty-four of the area's fastest-growing evangelical churches and ten vital liberal Protestant congregations, Wellman captures the leading trends of each group and their interaction with the wider American culture. He finds a remarkable depth of disagreement between the two groups on almost every front.
Where evangelicals are willing to draw sharp lines on gay marriage and abortion, liberals complain about evangelical self-righteousness and disregard for personal freedoms. Liberals prefer the moral power of inclusiveness, while evangelicals frame their moral stances as part of a metaphysical struggle between good and evil. The entrepreneurial nature of evangelicalism translates into support of laissez-faire capitalism and democratic political advocacy. Liberals view both policies with varying degrees of apprehension. Such differences are significant on a national scale, with implications for the future of American Protestantism in particular and American culture in general.
Both groups act in good faith and with good intentions, and each maintains a moral core that furthers its own identity, ideology, ritual, mission, and politics. In some situations, they share similar attitudes despite having different beliefs. Attending church services and interviewing senior pastors, lay leaders and new members, Wellman is able to provide new insights into the convenient categories of "liberal" and "evangelical," the nature of the conflict, and the myriad ways both groups affect and are affected by American culture.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Method Data and Demographics
The Moral Worldviews of PNW Evangelicals and Liberals
5 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
abortion African American American culture American evangelical argued believe Bible biblical Christian conservative conservative Christians core create critique denominational entrepreneurial evan evangelical churches evangelical congregations evangelical lay leader evangelical leaders evangelical moral worldview evangelical pastor evangelicals and liberals evil faith feel fundamentalists gay and lesbian gay marriage gelicals God's going gospel homosexuality human ideological individual interviews Iraq issue Jesus Christ lay liberal leadership lesbian liberal Christian liberal churches liberal clergy liberal congregations liberal pastor liberal Protestant liberals and evangelicals libertarian lives mainline Protestant mean megachurch minister ministry mission missionaries moral core moral values Moreover Nonetheless one's open and affirming outreach particular Pentecostal percent political prayer Protestantism region relationship religion religious respondents ritual scripture secular sense social spiritual subcultures tend theological there's things tradition truth claims unchurched Wellman women worship young youth