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Holding on to the Faith: Confessional Traditions in American Christianity Douglas A. Sweeney

Holding on to the Faith: Confessional Traditions in American Christianity

Douglas A. Sweeney

Published October 3rd 2008
ISBN : 9780761841326
Paperback
194 pages
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Traditional ways of living the Christian faith shaped and guided by confessional norms exhibit remarkable staying power in American religious life. Holding On to the Faith addresses issues related to the persistence of confessional forms ofMoreTraditional ways of living the Christian faith shaped and guided by confessional norms exhibit remarkable staying power in American religious life. Holding On to the Faith addresses issues related to the persistence of confessional forms of Christianity in the face of utilitarian, democratic, evangelical American popular religious culture. Whereas historians in the twentieth century typically used terms like countervailing, alternative, or immigrant faith to describe confessional Christianity, it is now clear that groups which have maintained roots in doctrinal, liturgical, and institutional traditions are an integral part of American life. In Holding On to the Faith ten scholars of American religion contribute chapters analyzing the American experience of ecclesial groups ranging from Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism to the Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican/Episcopal, and even Mennonite traditions. Editors Douglas A. Sweeney and Charles Hambrick-Stowe discuss common themes and pose questions for further discussion.