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Finding our balance : repositioning mainstream Protestantism

Author: Ronald P Byars; Thomas W Currie
Publisher: Eugene, Oregon : Cascade Books, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Mainstream American Protestantism is suffering from an identity crisis. We are not fundamentalists, but it is esy to define ourselves in reaction to them. Paralyzed by the shock of a cultural turn toward skepticism, we are tempted to make allies of the skeptics, partly to distance ourselves from the religious right and partly to lay claim to credibility in a milieu in which it is okay to be spiritual but not to be  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald P Byars; Thomas W Currie
ISBN: 1498200249 9781498200240
OCLC Number: 907339962
Description: xiii, 124 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Where are we, and how did we get here? --
Question which authority? --
What's the matter with orthodoxy? --
Mid-American generic Protestant worship --
What's at stake on Sunday morning? --
Attentiveness to the poor: revisiting the Protestant ethic --
Epilogue --
A sermon preached at First Presbyterian Church, Lexington, Kentucky.
Responsibility: Ronald P. Byars ; with a foreword by Thomas W. Currie.

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Mainstream American Protestantism is suffering from an identity crisis. We are not fundamentalists, but it is esy to define ourselves in reaction to them. Paralyzed by the shock of a cultural turn toward skepticism, we are tempted to make allies of the skeptics, partly to distance ourselves from the religious right and partly to lay claim to credibility in a milieu in which it is okay to be spiritual but not to be religious. A consequence is that we find ourselves playing in the shallow end of the pool. The historic Protestant principle serves as an enabler when it privileges questioning over affirmation, causing us to lose the necessary balance between the two. American-style generic Protestantism as it has evolved does not have strong enough foundations to withstand cultural pressures. Discovering an identity worth being taken seriously will require revisiting the broad catholic and reforming tradition in order to find an authoritative rather than merely reactive voice. The challenge is theological, but not to academic theology. The challenge rather is to the theology that sustains the local congregation through teaching, certainly, but most pressingly through preaching and worship. The times call for thoughtful and strategic repositioning. From back cover.

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