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Ruth Braunstein, Todd Nicholas Fuist, and Rhys H. Williams

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479854769

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479854769.001.0001

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Cultural Challenges for Mainline Protestant Political Progressives

Cultural Challenges for Mainline Protestant Political Progressives

Chapter:
(p.117) 5 Cultural Challenges for Mainline Protestant Political Progressives
Source:
Religion and Progressive Activism
Author(s):

Paul Lichterman

Rhys H. Williams

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479854769.003.0006

Paul Lichterman and Rhys H. Williams’s chapter focuses on theologically liberal Mainline Protestants, who have historically been at the forefront of many progressive religious actions. First, the chapter outlines some of the distinctive cultural challenges Mainliners face when they try to bring a specifically religious voice to progressive political advocacy. It then shows how Mainline Protestant identity and communication style, as well as the larger reputation of vocal conservative Christianity in public, all create cultural gaps that politically progressive Protestants must confront and engage.

Keywords:   Mainline Protestants, liberal, political advocacy, identity, communication, conservative Christianity, cultural challenges

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