The Protestant Experience in America

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - 243 pages
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Protestants have been the dominant religious group since the colonial period, and they remain a vibrant and influential cultural force in the United States. But the term "Protestant" encompasses people with a vast range of beliefs, backgrounds, politics, and experiences, and this books provides an accessible introduction to this complex situation. The Protestant Experience in America lays out the history of Protestants in America, the core beliefs and common practices that they mostly share, the major events and controversies, and long-term trends for the future of Protestants in the United States. Even for those Americans intimately familiar with Protestant life and faith, The Protestant Expereince in America will give readers a new perspective on this important cultural influence in American life: BLProvides a concise overview of the core beliefs and common practices of most Protestants BLIntroduces the major events and controversies of the history of the Protestant faith in America BLIdentifies long term trends in Protestant life BLDiscusses the major figures in the history of Protestantism, from Jonathan Edwards to Martin Luther King, and how they impacted the daily life of Protestants
 

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Contents

A Holy Commonwealth I
1
Evangelicalism and the Pursuit of Evidence
45
Romantic Responses to Modernity
93

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About the author (2006)

Amanda Porterfield is the Robert A. Spivey Professor of Religion at Florida State University. She has written books on New England Puritans, Protestant women missionaries in the 19th century, and the transformation of American religion after 1960.

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