Elesha Coffman Lecture: Postwar Protestantism: The Contested Center

DateFebruary 17, 2014
Time3:30 - 5:00 pm
LocationArmstrong Browning Library- Cox Lecture Hall
Baylor University
Waco, TX
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

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<p>â‚¢ Elesha Coffman Lecture: Postwar Protestantism (free)
<p>02/17/2014 3:30 PM</p>
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