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Evangelical vs. LiberalThe Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest$
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James K. Wellman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300116

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300116.001.0001

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 The Shape of American Protestantism

 The Shape of American Protestantism

(p.3) 1 The Shape of American Protestantism
Evangelical vs. Liberal

James K. Wellman Jr.

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the debate on the decline of American Protestantism. Some argue that the overall percentage of Protestants has declined. This may be true, but what is beyond dispute is the evangelical piece of that Protestant pie has grown substantially. This is due in large part to increase in evangelical fertility, the socialization of evangelical children and youth, and a strong evangelical focus on the importance the reproduction of the family and the faith. The traditional transfer of evangelicals to liberal churches has dropped dramatically as well, sealing for now the marginalization of liberal Protestant congregations.

Keywords:   Protestant decline, evangelical growth, family, religious reproduction, membership transfer, defining liberals

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