As America has become more pluralistic, Protestantism, with its long roots in American history and culture, has hardly remained static. This finely crafted portrait of a remarkably complex group of Christian denominations describes Protestantism's history, constituent subgroups and their activities, and the way in which its dialectic with American culture has shaped such facets of the wider society as healthcare, welfare, labor relations, gender roles, and political discourse. Part I provides an introduction to the religion's essential beliefs, a brief history, and a taxonomy of its primary American varieties. Part II shows the diversity of the tradition with vivid accounts of life and worship in a variety of mainline and evangelical churches. Part III explores the vexed relationship Protestantism maintains with critical social issues, including homosexuality, feminism, and social justice. The appendices include biographical sketches of notable Protestant leaders, a chronology, a glossary, and an annotated list of resources for further study.
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Author Biography - Randall H. Balmer
Randall Balmer is the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of American Religion at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is the author of Religion in Twentieth Century America and Grant Us Courage. He has written and presented three PBS television documentaries, including Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America. He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut.Lauren F. Winner is a doctoral candidate in history at Columbia University and a contributor to Christianity Today, The New York Times, and The Christian Century, among other publications.