The Urban Pulpit: New York City and the Fate of Liberal Evangelicalism

Hardcover | March 18, 2014

byMatthew Bowman

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Matthew Bowman explores the world of a neglected group of American Christians: self-identified liberal evangelicals who began in the late nineteenth century to reconcile traditional evangelical spirituality with progressive views on social activism and theological questions. These evangelicalsemphasized both the importance of supernatural conversion experience, but also argued that science, art, and relieving the poverty created by a new industrial economy could facilitate encounters with Christ. The Urban Pulpit chronicles the struggle of liberal evangelicals against conservative Protestants, who questioned their theological sincerity, and against secular reformers, who grew increasingly devoted to the cause of cultural pluralism and increasingly suspicious of evangelicals over the courseof the twentieth century. Liberal evangelicals walked a difficult path, facing increasing polarization in twentieth-century American public life: both conservative evangelicals and secular reformers insisted that religion and science, and evangelical Christianity and cultural diversity, werenecessarily at odds. Liberal evangelicals rejected such simple dichotomies, but nonetheless found defending their middle way increasingly difficult. Drawing on history, anthropology, and religious studies, Bowman paints a complex portrait of a group of religious believers at work, at worship, and engaged in advocacy in the public square.

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Matthew Bowman explores the world of a neglected group of American Christians: self-identified liberal evangelicals who began in the late nineteenth century to reconcile traditional evangelical spirituality with progressive views on social activism and theological questions. These evangelicalsemphasized both the importance of supernatu...

Matthew Bowman received his PhD in American religious history from Georgetown University in 2010, and is the author of multiple articles in the field, particularly on American evangelicalism and Mormonism. He teaches religion at Hampden Sydney College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 18, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsIntroductionPart I1. The Word and Old New York2. The Word Made Stone: Churchbuilding in 1880s New York3. The Revised Version: Scripture and the Rise of Liberal Evangelicalism4. Liberal Piety, Social Reform, and the Institutional ChurchPart II5. The Word and New New York6. The Union School of Religion and the Limits of Liberal Evangelicalism7. John Roach Straton, Prophecy and the Fundamentalist Style8. Harry Emerson Fosdick and Baptism at RiversideConclusionIndex