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American Congregations

New Perspectives in the Study of Congregations

American Congregations

New Perspectives in the Study of Congregations

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£24.00

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226901893
Number of Pages: 292
Published: 01/09/1998
Width: 15.4 cm
Height: 27.8 cm
The congregation is a distinctly American religious structure, and is often overlooked in traditional studies of religion. But one cannot understand American religion without understanding the congregation.Volume 1: "Portraits of Twelve Religious Communities" chronicles the founding, growth, and development of congregations that represent the diverse and complex reality of American local religious cultures. The contributors explore multiple issues, from the fate of American Protestantism to the rise of charismatic revivalism.Volume 2: "New Perspectives in the Study of Congregations" builds upon those historical studies, and addresses three crucial questions: Where is the congregation located on the broader map of American cultural and religious life? What are congregations' distinctive qualities, tasks, and roles in American culture? And, what patterns of leadership characterize congregations in America?These essays are an indispensable tool for understanding American congregations and American religion as a whole.

James P. Wind, James W. Lewis

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