By Elesha J. Coffman
The Christian Century and the increase of the Protestant Mainline deals the 1st full-length, serious examine of The Christian Century, commonly considered as the main influential non secular journal in the United States for many of the 20th century and hailed by means of Time as "Protestantism's so much energetic voice."
Elesha Coffman narrates the formerly untold tale of the journal, exploring its persistent monetary struggles, evolving editorial positions, and infrequently fractious family between writers, editors, and readers, in addition to the important function it performed within the upward thrust of mainline Protestantism. Coffman situates this narrative inside higher traits in American faith and society. lower than the editorship of Charles Clayton Morrison from 1908-1947, the journal spoke out approximately some of the so much urgent social and political problems with the time, from baby exertions and women's suffrage to conflict, racism, and the internment of eastern american citizens in the course of international struggle II. It released such luminaries as Jane Addams, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Martin Luther King Jr. and jostled with the Nation, the New Republic, and Commonweal, because it sought to magnify its readership and solidify its place because the voice of liberal Protestantism. yet via the Nineteen Fifties, inner strife among liberals and neo-orthodox and the emerging problem of Billy Graham's evangelicalism may shatter the appearance of Protestant consensus. The coalition of hugely trained, theologically and politically liberal Protestants linked to the journal made a robust case for his or her personal prestige as shepherds of the yankee soul yet didn't allure a favored following that matched their highbrow and cultural clout.
Elegantly written and persuasively argued, The Christian Century and the increase of the Protestant Mainline takes readers within essentially the most vital non secular magazines of the fashionable period.
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Though criticized by some students for “intellectual vagueness” and assailed by more conservative Baptists for his unorthodox views, Clarke inspired and comforted Fosdick. Clarke cast theology as the “science” of religion, a modernizing move. He accepted experience as a source of truth, as the pragmatists did. . ” To Fosdick and other liberals, this insight meant that biblical passages or theological claims that seemed primitive actually were primitive, and it was safe for Christians to discard them.
23 The Formation of an Editor-Bishop 43 The contents of the magazine in 1908 indicated an audience composed mainly of clergy. Most of the lead editorials addressed theology or church business, with the possible union of Disciples and Baptist churches and various “heresy hunting” campaigns against prominent liberal ministers garnering significant attention. ” These news columns filled one-third to one-half of the total pages in each issue, though their editorial content was much shorter, for the bulk of the advertisements appeared in this section as well.
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