Elesha Coffman Lecture: Postwar Protestantism: The Contested Center

DateFebruary 17, 2014Time3:30 - 5:00 pm
LocationArmstrong Browning Library- Cox Lecture Hall
Baylor University
Waco, TX
DescriptionThe years after World War II are often recalled as a time of consensus in American religion as well as American culture. Wartime experiences had drawn people together across old lines of division, while the external threat of Communism prompted Americans to identify core beliefs they could rally around and export to the free world. These centripetal forces, though, raised the stakes on the definition of the nationâ‚â-¢s values. To what beliefs would Americans pledge allegiance, and to whom would they look for spiritual guidance? Mainline Protestants advanced one set of answers to these questions, while evangelicals advanced another. The center could not holdâ‚₝but the idea of a center, and the struggle to speak for it, persisted.Elesha Coffman is assistant professor of church history at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Her book, The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline, narrates the history of the flagship magazine of the liberal Protestant tradition from the early twentieth century to 1960. Prior to graduate studies at Duke, Coffman served as managing editor of Christian History magazine. She writes on religion and media in the United States.


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