The Quiet Hand of God: Faith-Based Activism and the Public Role of Mainline Protestantism


"For those who thought Mainline Protestantism was well on its way to extinction, this collection provides interesting--possibly even shocking--reading. It points to new life arising out of old structures and changing modes of engagement with the culture. The message the reader takes away is that while the future for this religious tradition will not look like its past, it has a future. The best book written lately on this topic."--Wade Clark Roof, author of "Spiritual Marketplace: BabyBoomers and the Remaking of American Religion

"An important contribution to our understanding of the public influence of mainline Protestantism. This well-written and expansive book reveals how socially, civically, and politically active mainline Protestantism continues to be in American society, contrary to much conventional wisdom. Yet it shows the mainline influence as having a particular character, different from that of other religious traditions. Mainline Protestantism has, without justification, been understudied lately. This landmark book puts it back on the map and will generate discussion and inquiry for years to come."--Christian Smith, author of "The Secular Revolution

"This important book provides a balanced, critical, yet genuinely appreciative analysis of the role of mainline Protestantism's public role. It is a stimulating and refreshing change from the mainline Protestant 'bashing' of the past three decades. In a time of increased calls for religious organizations to be involved in public life, readers will be helped to understand both the possibilities and limits of such involvement as the authors examine the practices and policies of the most publicly engaged of America's religiousfamilies."--Jackson W. Carroll, coauthor of "Bridging Divided Worlds: Congregations and Generational Cultures

"An essential book for anyone interested in the public nature and works of the Protestant mainline. The vast ma

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Peter J. Thuesen
  • Laura R. Olson
  • R. Marie Griffith
  • Mark Chaves
  • Helen M. Giesel
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Berkeley, CA
Publication year:
  • 2002


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