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Liberalism without Illusions
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By the 1930s most mainline Protestant traditions promulgated the key tenets of liberalism, especially an embrace of modern intellectual theory along with theological and religious pluralism. In Liberalism without Illusions, Christopher Evans critiques his own tradition, focusing in particular on why so many Americans today want to distance themselves from this rich and vibrant heritage. In a time when attitudes about “liberal” vs. “conservative” theology have become the focus of the culture wars, he provides a constructive discussion of how liberalism might move forward into the twenty-first century, which, he argues, is indispensable to the future of American Christianity itself.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1. Why Do Americans Distrust Liberals?
  2. pp. 19-32
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  1. 2. Evangelical and Modern: Christian Liberalism in the Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 33-54
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  1. 3. Christian Liberalism and the Social Gospel Heritage
  2. pp. 55-78
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  1. 4. The Diffusion of Liberal Theology
  2. pp. 79-98
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  1. 5. Did Liberalism Win?
  2. pp. 99-116
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  1. 6. Does Liberal Theology Still Matter?
  2. pp. 117-140
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  1. 7. Liberalism without Illusions
  2. pp. 141-160
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  1. Epilogue: Past Imperfect
  2. pp. 161-164
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 165-192
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 193-202
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 203-208
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