Mainline Protestantism in a Post-Protestant Time: A Response to David Hollinger

This summer I was asked to deliver two lectures on Mainline Protestantism for the annual Craigville Colloquy on Cape Cod.  One of those lectures focused on the work of Berkeley intellectual historian David Hollinger on what he calls “ecumenical” Protestantism.  I find his analysis helpful for those wrestling with the theological and institutional issues facing the so-called “mainline” and “progressive” Christian churches and their interfaith partners. Here’s the lecture:  craigville colloquy 2012 lecture 2 PDF

  • Pete Zimmerman

    read your PDF.

    I think hollinger is right, we are winning the culture wars, in a sense, while “losing” institutional capital. why should the liberal austinites in my city (austin) come to church to learn to be and do what they already are? For me, the answer lies in the death of the vestiges of christendom in our faith. A gospel that deals with the radical views of jesus on wealth and violence and how his way is never the way of Caesar is way more “strict” or countercultural than “not drinking, smoking, or being for gay marriage.”


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