By David A. Hollinger
The position of liberalized, ecumenical Protestantism in American historical past has too usually been obscured by means of the extra flamboyant and orthodox types of the religion that oppose evolution, embody slim conceptions of kinfolk values, and proceed to insist that the USA could be understood as a Christian country. during this publication, one in every of our preeminent students of yankee highbrow historical past examines how liberal Protestant thinkers struggled to embody modernity, even on the fee of yielding a lot of the symbolic capital of Christianity to extra conservative, evangelical groups of faith.
If faith isn't really easily a personal drawback, yet a possible foundation for public coverage and a countrywide tradition, does this suggest that spiritual principles will be topic to an identical type of strong public debate generally given to principles approximately race, gender, and the economic system? Or is there whatever specified approximately spiritual principles that invitations a suspension of severe dialogue? those essays, amassed right here for the 1st time, show that the severe dialogue of non secular principles has been crucial to the method in which Protestantism has been liberalized through the historical past of the USA, and make clear the complicated courting among faith and politics in modern American life.
After Cloven Tongues of Fire brings jointly in a single quantity David Hollinger's such a lot influential writings on ecumenical Protestantism. The ebook positive aspects an informative basic advent in addition to concise introductions to every essay.
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After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Protestant Liberalism in Modern American History by David A. Hollinger