By David A. Hollinger

The position of liberalized, ecumenical Protestantism in American historical past has too usually been obscured through the extra flamboyant and orthodox models of the religion that oppose evolution, include slim conceptions of kinfolk values, and proceed to insist that the us may be understood as a Christian state. during this publication, certainly one of our preeminent students of yank highbrow background examines how liberal Protestant thinkers struggled to include modernity, even on the rate 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 challenge, yet a possible foundation for public coverage and a countrywide tradition, does this suggest that non secular principles may be topic to an identical type of strong public debate as a rule given to principles approximately race, gender, and the economic system? Or is there anything precise approximately non secular principles that invitations a suspension of serious dialogue? those essays, amassed the following for the 1st time, exhibit that the severe dialogue of non secular principles has been critical to the method during which Protestantism has been liberalized in the course of the historical past of the us, and make clear the advanced dating 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 ebook positive aspects an informative basic advent in addition to concise introductions to every essay.

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