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Evangelical vs. Liberal – The Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Evangelical vs. Liberal: The Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest

James K. Wellman


The book is the first in-depth ethnographic study of churched religion in the Pacific Northwest. It describes and explains how Protestant churches survive and thrive in the most unchurched region of the country. The study is based on nearly 450 interviews from thirty-four vital liberal and evangelical Protestant churches in the Pacific Northwest. These two sets of congregations embody separate moral worldviews and the study shows how these moral worldviews conflict, compete, and, on rare occasions, find common ground in five areas: ideology; religious beliefs; organizational and ritual life; m ... More

Keywords: moral worldviews, Pacific Northwest, homosexuality, family, evangelicals, liberals, religious subcultures, Iraq War, conflict, politics, values

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195300116
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300116.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James K. Wellman, author
University of Washington
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