By Robert Wuthnow, John H. Evans

Robert Wuthnow and John H. Evans collect a stellar number of essays that paints a latest portrait of yank Protestantism-a denomination that has remained quietly, yet firmly, influential within the public sphere. Mainline Protestants can have prompt away from the arguable, interesting strategies of the spiritual correct, yet they continue to be culturally influential and proceed to affect American society via political motion and the availability of social prone. The individuals to this quantity tackle religion's greater function in society and canopy such issues as welfare, ecology, kin, civil rights, and homosexuality. Pioneering, well timed, and meticulously researched, The Quiet Hand of God should be an important connection with the dynamics of yank faith good into the twenty-first century. eleven line illustrations, 18 tables

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Whitefield’s more intellectual contemporary, Jonathan Edwards, also emphasized traditional Calvinist themes, as in his dramatic debut in Boston in 1731, when he preached a sermon on God’s absolute sovereignty and humanity’s complete dependence. Within a few years of this opening salvo against the “Arminians,” Edwards was leading his The Logic of Mainline Churchliness / 31 Northampton, Massachusetts, congregation in the revivals that would constitute a prelude to Whitefield’s preaching tour in 1739–41.

The Civil War also affected American religion in ways that transcended denominational boundaries. First, the war represented a new chapter in the complex history of Protestant reflection on the millennium and America’s national destiny. On the one hand, it seemed to complicate the optimistic “Arminian” evangelicalism of the early republic, as preachers and other public figures reiterated old Puritan themes of divine sovereignty and judgment. President Lincoln, for example, though eschewing belief in a personal God or the incarnation, articulated an essentially Calvinistic civil religion centered on the inscrutable will of an omnipotent Creator.

The Colorado figure is from The World Almanac and Book of Facts (New York: World Almanac Books, 1999), p. 114. Additionally, the fiftythree seminaries affiliated with the six mainline denominations spent $344 million Introduction / 23 in 1998 training the next generation of leaders for the mainline; see Zyniewicz and Aleshire, Fact Book on Theological Education. Adding inter-denominational and independent seminaries that generally train mainliners, such as Union Theological in New York City, would significantly increase these figures.

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