New PDF release: After Cloven Tongues of Fire : Protestant Liberalism in

By David A. Hollinger

ISBN-10: 0691158428

ISBN-13: 9780691158426

The function of liberalized, ecumenical Protestantism in American historical past has too usually been obscured via the extra flamboyant and orthodox types of the religion that oppose evolution, embody slender conceptions of kin values, and proceed to insist that the USA will be understood as a Christian state. during this e-book, certainly one of our preeminent students of yankee highbrow background examines how liberal Protestant thinkers struggled to include modernity, even on the expense 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 predicament, yet a possible foundation for public coverage and a countrywide tradition, does this suggest that non secular rules should be topic to an identical type of powerful public debate as a rule given to rules approximately race, gender, and the economic system? Or is there anything distinct approximately non secular principles that invitations a suspension of severe dialogue? those essays, accrued right here for the 1st time, show that the serious dialogue of non secular rules has been imperative to the method through which Protestantism has been liberalized in the course of the historical past of the us, 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 so much influential writings on ecumenical Protestantism. The booklet positive factors an informative normal advent in addition to concise introductions to every essay.

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But the resolutions of these wartime conferences were substantially to the left of the standard Republican outlook of that period and even further to the left of the Jim Crow–­sustaining bulwark of the Democrats. These resolutions called for the self-­government of all colonized peoples, insisted that the United States could not play a productive role abroad until racial discrimination was ended within American borders, advocated experimentation with noncapitalist forms of economic organization, envisaged some form of “world government” as the only viable antidote to the evils of nationalism, and endorsed the basic principles that President Franklin D.

H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928). Robinson made the generic ideal of honesty, rather than any specifically Christian doctrine, the touchstone for his testimony, and he blurred the line between what most people thought Christianity was and the rest of modern life. A young Baptist minister, Harvey Cox, who was then at Andover-­ Newton Theological Seminary but would soon join the Harvard University Divinity School, blurred this line more purposively in 1965 in The Secular City. Cox’s manifesto proposed a politically engaged religion organized around human responsibility for the destiny of a world that many Christians wrongly assumed to be in God’s hands.

Many of these leaders were, like the majority of churchgoers, Republicans. But the resolutions of these wartime conferences were substantially to the left of the standard Republican outlook of that period and even further to the left of the Jim Crow–­sustaining bulwark of the Democrats. These resolutions called for the self-­government of all colonized peoples, insisted that the United States could not play a productive role abroad until racial discrimination was ended within American borders, advocated experimentation with noncapitalist forms of economic organization, envisaged some form of “world government” as the only viable antidote to the evils of nationalism, and endorsed the basic principles that President Franklin D.

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