Category Archives: English, James

Contemporary American Religious Thought and Practice, Part 4 of 4: Concensus

In a nation of ideological and philosophical pluralism, what is the function of religion in the creation of social, ethical, and political consensus? How would the religious dimension of such a consensus affect or limit fundamental notions regarding personal liberties … Continue reading

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Contemporary American Religious Thought and Practice, Part 3 of 4: Political Activism

What should Americans make of the interplay between religion and politics in the United States today? Is political activism on the part of churches new? What are some of the ways and means available to politically active religious groups? What … Continue reading

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Contemporary American Religious Thought and Practice, Part 2 of 4: Humanism

James English, Marjorie Hyer, Martin Marty, and Harmon Smith discuss several questions: What are some of the connections and tensions between religion in America and humanism, both of the secular and Christian varieties? How should one measure the foundations of … Continue reading

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Contemporary American Religious Thought and Practice, Part 1 of 4

James English, Marjorie Hyer,¬†Martin Marty, Harmon Smith and Mark Taylor¬†address these questions: Does continuity or disjunction characterize the connections between religious thought and behavior in America today? What are the conditions of religious belief and practice, both orthodox and unconventional? … Continue reading

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