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The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century

Matthew S. Hedstrom


The story of liberal religion in the twentieth century, this book contends, is a story of cultural ascendency. This may come as a surprise. Most scholarship in American religious history, after all, equates the decline of the Protestant mainline with the failure of religious liberalism. Yet a look beyond the pews, into the wider culture, reveals instead a story of “cultural victory.” The defining features of religious liberalism—its cosmopolitanism; its engagement with the latest historical and scientific thought; its ethics; its focus on psychology, mysticism, and individual religious experie ... More

Keywords: liberal religion religious liberalism, print culture, middlebrow, cosmopolitanism religious publishing, World War II, spirituality, mysticism, psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195374490
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374490.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew S. Hedstrom, author
University of Virginia