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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 Mainline’s Slippery Slope

The Mainline’s Slippery Slope

An Introduction

(p.1) The Mainline’s Slippery Slope
Mainline Christianity

Jason S. Lantzer

NYU Press

This introductory chapter articulates the significance of capturing the history of Mainline Christianity. The Mainline is best viewed not as a single collection of denominations, but as the most culturally influential and demographically representative group of denominations at a given historical moment. Understanding the history of the Mainline paves the way for a greater appreciation of the role of religion in American life and for new lines of study into its future. Such an understanding allows for continuity and change within that membership, as well as invites studies of American Christianity that avoid being burdened with debates over political terminology within doctrinal arguments, while respecting the diversity produced by theological discussion.

Keywords:   Mainline Christianity, religion, American life, American Christianity, doctrinal arguments, theology

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