Mainline Christianity Paperback

The Past and Future Shape of Christianity in America

by Jason S. Lantzer;

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Mainline Christianity

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Since the Revolutionary War, Mainline Christianity has been comprised of the Seven Sisters of American Protestantism--the Congregational Church, the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Presbyterian Church, the United Methodist Church, the American Baptist Convention, and the Disciples of Christ. These denominations have been the dominant cultural representatives since the nineteenth century of how and where the majority of American Christians worship. Today, however, the Seven Sisters no longer represent most American Christians. The Mainline has been shrinking while evangelical and fundamentalist churches, as well as non denominational congregations and mega churches, have been attracting more and more members. In this comprehensive and accessible book, Jason S. Lantzer chronicles the rise and fall of the Seven Sisters, documenting the ways in which they stopped shaping American culture and began to be shaped by it.After reviewing and critiquing the standard decline narrative of the Mainline he argues for a re-conceptualization of the Mainline for the twenty-first century, a new grouping of Seven Sisters that seeks to recognize the vibrancy of American Christianity.

Mainline Christianity by Jason S. Lantzer was published by New York University Press in April 2012. The ISBN for Mainline Christianity is 9780814753316.

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Details for Mainline Christianity

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherNew York University Press (April 2012)
Number of Pages208
Thickness12 mm
Height226 mm
Width150 mm
Product Code4026323
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