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Practicing Protestants
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This collection of essays explores the significance of practice in understanding American Protestant life. The authors are historians of American religion, practical theologians, and pastors and were the twelve principal researchers in a three-year collaborative project sponsored by the Lilly Endowment. Profiling practices that range from Puritan devotional writing to twentieth-century prayer, from missionary tactics to African American ritual performance, these essays provide a unique historical perspective on how Protestants have lived their faith within and outside of the church and how practice has formed their identities and beliefs. Each chapter focuses on a different practice within a particular social and cultural context. The essays explore transformations in American religious culture from Puritan to Evangelical and Enlightenment sensibilities in New England, issues of mission, nationalism, and American empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, devotional practices in the flux of modern intellectual predicaments, and the claims of late-twentieth-century liberal Protestant pluralism. Breaking new ground in ritual studies and cultural history, Practicing Protestants offers a distinctive history of American Protestant practice.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. PART I: PURITAN AND EVANGELICAL PRACTICE IN NEW ENGLAND, 1630–1800
  2. p. 17
  1. 1 Writing as a Protestant Practice: Devotional Diaries in Early New England
  2. pp. 19-34
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  1. 2 Forgiveness: From the Puritans to Jonathan Edwards
  2. pp. 35-48
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  1. PART II: MISSION, NATION, AND CHRISTIAN PRACTICE, 1820–1940
  2. p. 49
  1. 3 Assembling Bodies and Souls: Missionary Practices on the Pacific Frontier
  2. pp. 51-76
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  1. 4 Honoring Elders: Practices of Sagacity and Deference in Ojibwe Christianity
  2. pp. 77-99
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  1. 5 Nurturing Religious Nationalism: Korean Americans in Hawaii
  2. pp. 100-117
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  1. 6 Re-Forming the Church: Preservation, Renewal, and Restoration in American Christian Architecture in California
  2. pp. 118-134
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  1. PART III: DEVOTIONAL PRACTICES AND MODERN PREDICAMENTS, 1880–1920
  2. p. 135
  1. 7 “Acting Faith”: Practices of Religious Healing in Late-Nineteenth-Century Protestantism
  2. pp. 137-158
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  1. 8 Observing the Lives of the Saints: Sanctification as Practice in the Church of God in Christ
  2. pp. 159-176
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  1. 9 The Practice of Prayer in a Modern Age: Liberals, Fundamentalists, and Prayer in the Early Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 177-195
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  1. PART IV: LIBERAL PROTESTANTS AND UNIVERSALIZING PRACTICES, 1850–1965
  2. p. 197
  1. 10 Cosmopolitan Piety: Sympathy, Comparative Religions, and Nineteenth-Century Liberalism
  2. pp. 199-221
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  1. 11 The Practice of Dance for the Future of Christianity: “Eurythmic Worship” in New York’s Roaring Twenties
  2. pp. 222-249
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  1. 12 Taste Cultures: The Visual Practice of Liberal Protestantism, 1940–1965
  2. pp. 250-294
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 295-350
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 351-352
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 353-363
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