"Practicing Protestants: Histories of Christian Life in America, 1630-1965" edited by Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp, Leigh E. Schmidt, and Mark Valeri and"The Shaping of Ulster Presbyterian Belief & Practice 1770-1840" by Andrew R. Holmes

Thursday, 01 Jul 2010

Does the average worship service of a local Presbyterian congregation say anything in general about the human condition? Does it reveal much about the township or county in which its members reside? Is it possible, in other words, to generalize about topics other than religion on the basis of a small church's weekly service? Social scientists of various stripes might resort to the categories of the profane and the holy to discern deeper meanings in the sermon-dominant order of worship. Academics in the humanities might also theorize about man's innate desire for meaning or peace (...

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