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Megachurch and the Mainline: Remaking Religious Tradition in the Twenty-first Century (07 Edition)

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Religious traditions provide the stories and rituals that define the core values of church members. Yet modern life in America can make those customs seem undesirable, even impractical. As a result, many congregations refashion church traditions so they may remain powerful and salient. How do these transformations occur? How do clergy and worshipers negotiate which aspects should be preserved or discarded?

Focusing on the innovations of several mainline Protestant churches in the San Francisco Bay Area, Stephen Ellingsonand#8217;s The Megachurch and the Mainline provides new understandings of the transformation of spiritual traditions. For Ellingson, these particular congregations typify a new type of Lutheranismand#8212;one which combines the evangelical approaches that are embodied in the growing legion of megachurches with American societyand#8217;s emphasis on pragmatism and consumerism. Here Ellingson provides vivid descriptions of congregations as they sacrifice hymns in favor of rock music and scrap traditional white robes and stoles for Hawaiian shirts, while also making readers aware of the long history of similar attempts to Americanize the Lutheran tradition.

This is an important examination of a religion in fluxand#8212;one that speaks to the growing popularity of evangelicalism in America.

About the Author

Stephen Ellingson is assistant professor of sociology at Hamilton College. He is a coeditor of The Sexual Organization of the City, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Contents

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Acknowledgments

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Chapter 1and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Restructuring of American Religious Traditions

Chapter 2and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Trouble with Tradition

Chapter 3and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Constructing the Catalysts of Change

Chapter 4and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Reframing the Tradition

Chapter 5and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; In the Image of Evangelicalism

Chapter 6and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Conflict, Compromise, and Consensus

Chapter 7and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Tradition and Change in the American Religious Landscape

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Appendix: A Note on Data and Methods

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Notes

References

Index

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226204901
Author:
Ellingson, Stephen
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Church renewal
Subject:
Christian sects
Subject:
Christianity - Lutheran
Subject:
SOC039000
Subject:
Christian Theology - Ecclesiology
Subject:
Protestant churches
Subject:
Christianity-Ecclesiology
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 tables
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Religion » Christianity » Church History » American
Religion » Christianity » Ecclesiology
Religion » Christianity » Luther
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues

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