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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.
- Provides a concise overview of the core beliefs and common practices of most Protestants
- Introduces the major events and controversies of the history of the Protestant faith in America
- Identifies long term trends in Protestant life
- Discusses the major figures in the history of Protestantism, from Jonathan Edwards to Martin Luther King, and how they impacted the daily life of Protestants
- Table of Contents
Foreword by Philip GoffIntroduction: Praotestanism as a Political conceptA Holy CommonwealthEvangelicalism and the Pursuit of EvidenceRomantic Responses to Modernity and Religious LossReligious Expectations for ScienceEquality and the End of ParotestanismBibliographyIndex
"Amanda Potterfield's intelligent survey of American Protestant history is a worthy addition to the Greenwood series. . . The book offers illuminating, brief treatment of many aspects of internal Protestant life. . . the book makes informative reading for veterans and a good general survey for beginners."