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Mainline ChristianityThe Past and Future of America's Majority Faith$
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Jason S. Lantzer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814753309

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814753309.001.0001

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Building the New Jerusalem

Building the New Jerusalem

The High Tide of the Seven Sisters

(p.27) 2 Building the New Jerusalem
Mainline Christianity

Jason S. Lantzer

NYU Press

This chapter discusses how European roots and colonial founding gave American Christians all the necessary ingredients to create the Mainline of the Seven Sisters. The established denominations—the Episcopal and Congregational churches—with their cultural impact, were in place. The ending of state-sponsored churches over the first half of the nineteenth century not only unleashed the competitive nature of American denominationalism, but corresponded to the rise of the democratic impulse, which saw the creation of new denominations and the reorganization of old ones. The Seven Sisters emerged from this setting, overcoming war and dramatic societal changes, and creating a virtual establishment that lasted well into the twentieth century. The chapter shows that the Mainline of the Seven Sisters, despite the war between modernists and fundamentalists, had survived and looked toward the mid-twentieth century as a time of rebirth.

Keywords:   Seven Sisters, Episcopal Church, Congregational Church, state-sponsored churches, American denominationalism, modernists, fundamentalists

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