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By Russell E. Richey

facts of mainstream denominational decline nearly throws itself in our faces—growing spiritual pluralism in North the USA; the decline over the past part century within the salience, status, strength, and power of Protestant denominational management; slippage in mainline club and corresponding progress, energy, visibility, and political prowess of conservative, evangelical, and fundamentalist our bodies; styles of congregational independence, together with loosening of or elimination of denominational id, relatively in signage, and the comparable marginal loyalty of participants; emergence of megachurches, with assets and the means to satisfy wishes heretofore provided by way of denominations (training, literature, expertise); development inside of mainline denominations of caucuses and their alignment into huge innovative or conservative camps, frequently with connections to related camps in different denominations; common suspicion of, certainly hostility in the direction of, the facilities and logos of denominational identity—the nearby and nationwide headquarters; migration of people and households via numerous spiritual identities, occasionally out of vintage Christianity altogether. Denominationalism seems doomed and is so proclaimed. it can be. even though, viewing the sweep of Anglo-American historical past, this quantity indicates how a lot denominations and denominationalism have replaced, how resilient they've got proved, how major those constructions of non secular belonging were in supplying order and path to American society, and the way such enduring reasons locate ever new structural/institutional expression.

“This ebook has confident me that denominational Christianity isn't death; it truly is once more adapting and transitioning right into a new bankruptcy in its interesting heritage. this is background from considered one of our so much capable church historians, who not just studied our historical past, but in addition helped make heritage in his church and seminary management, all in provider to the long run power of our church.”
—Will Willimon, Duke Divinity School

“Face the proof of denominational decline and discord. Spot the spires and spectacle of mega-churches at the upward thrust, and chart the trails of non secular seekers and pluralist pilgrims via religion in flux. Then locate the underlying fact and overarching spirit of yank grace, made flesh in denominational our bodies and reborn via their residing historical past. no one does this larger than Russell Richey, and no position higher than during this magnificent book.”
—Steven M. Tipton, Emory University

“Russell Richey has lengthy been the grasp historian of the phenomenon of denominationalism. it is a selection of his essays stretching over a forty-year profession. each one essay is a jewel, and jointly they make up a glittering necklace that permits the reader to glimpse many of the points of the denominational pattern.”
—Robert Bruce Mullin, basic Theological Seminary

“In its old scope, from English origins to modern demanding situations of denominationalism, and in its variety of probing dialogue, from the voluntary precept to ecclesial goal of denominations previous and new, Richey’s paintings is a vital reference and stimulus to instructing and scholarship in American non secular studies.”
—Thomas Edward Frank, Wake woodland University

Russell E. Richey, Dean Emeritus of Candler college of Theology and William R. Cannon special Professor of Church historical past Emeritus, is writer or editor of twenty books, together with Denominationalism (1977, 2010) and Reimagining Denominationalism (1994, 2010).

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Proof of mainstream denominational decline nearly throws itself in our faces—growing non secular pluralism in North the United States; the decline during the last part century within the salience, status, energy, and energy of Protestant denominational management; slippage in mainline club and corresponding progress, energy, visibility, and political prowess of conservative, evangelical, and fundamentalist our bodies; styles of congregational independence, together with loosening of or elimination of denominational id, really in signage, and the similar marginal loyalty of individuals; emergence of megachurches, with assets and the capability to fulfill wishes heretofore provided through denominations (training, literature, expertise); progress inside of mainline denominations of caucuses and their alignment into huge revolutionary or conservative camps, usually with connections to comparable camps in different denominations; frequent suspicion of, certainly hostility in the direction of, the facilities and logos of denominational identity—the local and nationwide headquarters; migration of people and households via a variety of non secular identities, occasionally out of vintage Christianity altogether.

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