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After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Protestant Liberalism in Modern American History

David A. Hollinger


The role of liberalized, ecumenical Protestantism in American history has too often been obscured by the more flamboyant and orthodox versions of the faith that oppose evolution, embrace narrow conceptions of family values, and continue to insist that the United States should be understood as a Christian nation. This book examines how liberal Protestant thinkers struggled to embrace modernity, even at the cost of yielding much of the symbolic capital of Christianity to more conservative, evangelical communities of faith. If religion is not simply a private concern, but a potential basis for pu ... More

Keywords: liberal Protestantism, American history, evolution, family values, Christian nation, modernity, Christianity, religious ideas, critical discussion, ecumenical Protestantism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691158426
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691158426.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David A. Hollinger, author
University of California, Berkeley