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Practicing Protestants: Histories of Christian Life in America, 1630-1965 (Lived Religions) Paperback – July 13, 2006

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  • Series: Lived Religions
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (July 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801883628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801883620
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,061,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Practicing Protestants integrates social theories about religious practice as a means of producing culture with the insights of several Protestant theologians who promote practice as a means to faith. It is an important contribution to American religious history and to the study of religious practice in the United States.

(Amanda Porterfield, Florida State University, author of Healing in the History of Christianity)

Each of the essays in Practicing Protestants offers rewarding insights into some facet of American religion.

(David Fillingim Studies in American Culture)

Thoughtful, thought provoking, well researched, well written, and engaging... A wonderful showcase of the scholarship of American church historians.

(Kenneth B. Bedell Journal of Contemporary Religion)

A unique perspective into a burgeoning field... Will undoubtedly provide a scholarly benchmark from which other historical and theoretical studies in practice theory can be examined.

(Emily Wright H-Net Reviews)

Practicing Protestants is both comprehensive in its introduction to the study of religious practice and specialized in its consideration of many and varied subjects pertaining to religion in America. It is a book long overdue, and thus a starting point for more collaborative efforts to understand the complicated lives of American Christians.

(Michael Pasquier Historian)

A very readable and theoretically astute collection of essays that brings to light valuable conclusions drawn from original research. Readers will really appreciate the value of this volume for teaching and research.

(Sylvester Johnson Church History)

About the Author

Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp is an associate professor of religious studies and American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Leigh E. Schmidt is a professor of religion at Princeton University. Mark Valeri is the E. T. Thompson Professor of Church History at the Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry C. Randen on March 15, 2011
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The last part of "Practicing Protestants" was most helpful to me, "Taste Cultures: The Visual Practice of Liberal Protestantism, 1940-1965." This was the generation I lived through and experienced as an ordained United Church of Christ minister and visual artist who was a pioneer in "multimedia" presentations involving several CAROUSEL slide projectors (which KODAK quit manufacturing in 2004), multiple screens, 16 mm film projectors, quad soundtracks with high quality tape recorders and powerful amplifiers, plus lightshow effects -- all custom-made productions long before the digital era and PowerPoint computers. My use of this equipment was for ecumenical religious education, contemporary, new forms of liturgy, special celebrations at large national conferences and smaller regional and local events.

Sally M. Promey (who also has a chapter on "Interchangeable Art: Warner Sallman and the Cricts of Mass Culture" in "Icons of American Protestantism: The Art of Warner Sallman" edited by David Morgan) provides a well-researched and wide array of Protestant religious art development and controversy in Christian education and the influence of Modern Art on liberal, mainline congregations quoting Alfred H. Barr, Jr., founding director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, German Protestant theologian Paul Tillich, and a host of other influential voices of this period as Christian aesthetics evolved and served as iconoclastic criticism of 19th and mid-20th century sentimental an kitch religious art.

The National Council of Churches also became a major factor in updating religious art to be contemporary with Modernism. Liberal seminaries also came onboard in offering fresh interpretations.
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