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Privilege and Prophecy

Social Activism in the Post-War Episcopal Church

Robert Tobin

Privilege and Prophecy

Privilege and Prophecy

Social Activism in the Post-War Episcopal Church

Privilege and Prophecy

 

The Episcopal Church has long been regarded as the religion of choice among America's ruling elite. Yet after World War II a new generation of leaders emerged, eager to shake off the church's reputation as a bastion of privilege and transform it into an agent of social reform.


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Beschrijving Privilege and Prophecy

The Episcopal Church has long been regarded as the religion of choice among America's ruling elite, helping to set the tone for the moral and social life of the nation during the twentieth century. Shaped by their experiences of the Great Depression and World War II, a new generation of Episcopal leaders emerged after 1945, eager to place their church in the vanguard of social reform and reconciliation. These liberal activists came to dominate the church's national
structures during the 1960s and shaped its response to the civil rights and anti-war movements. They sought to reposition the Episcopal Church as a catalyst for progressive change. Even so, these leaders routinely neglected black, female, and working-class Episcopalians, even as they espoused the
causes of equality and liberation in the wider society.

This study focuses on forms of social activism and theological innovation pursued by members of the war generation. Attending to the development of such activities among the WASP elite provides crucial insight into their underlying assumptions about social and theological authority and helps explain their ambivalent response to the challenges faced in the 1960s and 1970s. Drawing upon extensive archival research, this book not only offers a group portrait of Episcopalianism's leading post-war
figures but documents the ways in which their individual pursuits influenced the direction of the church as a whole.


ISBN
9780190906146
Pagina's
384
Verschenen
NUR
700
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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