God's Ambassadors: A History of the Christian Clergy in America

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 25 Σεπ 2007 - 356 σελίδες
In God's Ambassadors E. Brooks Holifield masterfully traces the history of America's Christian clergy from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, analyzing the changes in practice and authority that have transformed the clerical profession.

Challenging one-sided depictions of decline in clerical authority, Holifield locates the complex story of the clergy within the context not only of changing theologies but also of transitions in American culture and society. The result is a thorough social history of the profession that also takes seriously the theological presuppositions that have informed clerical activity. With alternating chapters on Protestant and Catholic clergy, the book permits sustained comparisons between the two dominant Christian traditions in American history.

At the same time, God's Ambassadors depicts a vocation that has remained deeply ambivalent regarding the professional status marking the other traditional learned callings in the American workplace. Changing expectations about clerical education, as well as enduring theological questions, have engendered a debate about the professional ideal that has distinguished the clerical vocation from such fields as law and medicine.

The American clergy from the past four centuries constitute a colorful, diverse cast of characters who have, in ways both obvious and obscure, helped to shape the tone of American culture. For a well-rounded narrative of their story told by a master historian, God's Ambassadors is the book to read.
 

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Introduction
1
The Heritage
11
A Bounded Authority 14931699
37
Association Revival and Revolution 17001791
67
Professionals Populists and Immigrants 17911861
103
Protestant Alternatives 18611929
145
Catholic Order 18611929
183
The Protestant Ministry Examined 19301940
215
Ministry From Revival to Crisis 19401970
235
Priesthood From Certainty to Complexity 19301970
275
A Divided Vocation 19702005
311
Epilogue
345
Index
350
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Σελίδα 23 - Receive the Holy Ghost for the Office and work of a Priest in the Church of God, now committed unto thee by the Imposition of our hands. Whose sins thou dost forgive, they are forgiven; and whose sins thou dost retain, they are retained.
Σελίδα 12 - And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Σελίδα 4 - Peter L. Berger, The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1967).
Σελίδα 24 - Patrick Collinson, The Religion of Protestants: The Church in English Society, 1559-1625 (Oxford...

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