The Noise of Solemn Assemblies: Christian Commitment and the Religious Establishment in America

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Doubleday, 1961 - Religion and sociology - 189 pages
Organized religion offers a symbolic integration of the varied elements of American society; it infuses political institutions with religious symbolism; and by way of personal adjustment it provides social adjustment and psychological integration. But these useful services to the establishment leave out the essence of a twentieth-century response to the God who stands over against our society in judgment. personal commitment, theological construction, and the relating of the Christian faith to the real problems of our world are the tasks which the author considers in practical detail. This sociologist's study, written for the National Student Christian Federation, provides study groups with a basis for a really fresh look at the Christian mission in America. --

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Contents

PREFACE ON PERCEPTION
9
THE NATURE OF THE RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENT
17
INTERLUDE_SOME CONCILIATORY COMMENTS
107
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