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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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The Emergence of a New Mainline

The Emergence of a New Mainline

(p.121) 7 The Emergence of a New Mainline
Mainline Christianity

Jason S. Lantzer

NYU Press

This chapter argues that a new Mainline for the new millennium is needed and must consist of more representative denominations, in terms of size, worship style, and global membership. America may be pluralistic when it comes to religion but, given the continuing domination of Christianity in the nation's demography as well as public discourse, its diversity and scope must be acknowledged in crafting a new understanding of the Christian Mainline. Identifying members for a new configuration of the Mainline is not for the purpose of overcoming the Seven Sisters' decline. Rather, it is to recognize that American Christianity is much more vibrant than it is often given credit for. Establishing a Mainline that incorporates evangelicals, Southern Baptists, and Roman Catholics makes sense. Considering these denominations does not challenge the way American Christianity is viewed, it radically changes the perception altogether.

Keywords:   new Mainline, Christian Mainline, Seven Sisters, American Christianity, evangelicals, Southern Baptists, Roman Catholics

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