The Protestant Divide
This chapter examines divisions in the Protestant clergy in the United States. Historians calls this divide a two-party system and refer to it as a split between private salvation and social progress, both being goals for the ministry. The sociologists talk of church and sect, the former being a part of the establishment and the latter a purified outsider. In terms of the modern ministry, the Protestant divide falls roughly between the more orthodox clergy of the “evangelical” churches, and the more modernist ministers of “mainline Protestantism”.
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