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The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline

Elesha J. Coffman


In 1892, an obscure Disciples of Christ periodical moved its offices from Iowa to Chicago, and in 1900 it renamed itself The Christian Century. By the late 1920s, this magazine had become the most respected Protestant opinion weekly in America, and the tradition for which it spoke—eventually called the mainline—had established itself as the nation’s dominant religion. Respectability did not gain the Century a large readership, however, nor did cultural dominance assure the mainline a broad constituency. The triumphs of both were real but limited, and their rise was more complicated than famili ... More

Keywords: Protestant, mainline, magazine, cultural history, The Christian Century, liberal, theology, politics, Charles Clayton Morrison

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199938599
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938599.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elesha J. Coffman, author
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary