Mainline Protestants

Mainline Protestantism, consisting of the Congregational, Presbyterian, and Episcopal denominations, used to be a dominant force in American life, both in terms of church membership figures and cultural prestige. Since the mid-20th century, however, the mainline has increasingly jettisoned traditional Christian teachings in favor of social activism, with the consequence that both membership figures and cultural prestige have undergone a precipitous decline. Today, mainline denominations are frequently riven by conflict between progressive and traditionalist factions, which battle over property rights, theological and political stances, mission statements, and control of leadership posts.

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Turning the Mainline Around
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New sociological studies show that evangelicals may well succeed at renewing wayward Protestantism
The Spirit Hasn't Left Mainline (Part 1 of 3)
The Spirit Hasn't Left Mainline (Part 1 of 3)Subscriber Access Only
A forum on why and how we should save denominations.
To the Church Called Mainline by William H. Willimon
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