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The Coming Generation

"Looking at what he calls ’The Coming Generation’ of Evangelical opinion leaders and elites . . . Hunter draws a nuanced and finely detailed portrait of young Evangelicals who, while certainly more conservative than the mainstream of American Protestants, are at least ambivalent about some important aspects of fundamentalism and at most ready to repudiate elements of fundamentalist faith, politics, and practice. . . . With this book, James Hunter confirms his position as one of the most informed and informing writers on American Evangelicalism."—Samuel C. Heilman, This World

309 pages | 6.00 x 9.00 | © 1987

Religion: American Religions

Sociology: Social Change, Social Movements, Political Sociology

Table of Contents

Part One: Introduction
1. Evangelicalism as a Global Phenomenon
Evangelicalism as a Global Phenomenon
Evangelicalism as an American Phenomenon
The Coming Generation of American Evangelicals
Method and Scope
Part Two: The World of American Evangelicalism: Redrawing the Boundaries of Faith
2. Theology: The Shifting Meaning of Faith
The Problem of Biblical Inerrancy
The Problem of Salvation
The Problem of a Social Gospel
The De-Ghettoization of Evangelical Theology
3. Work, Morality, and the Self: Asceticism Revised
Vocational Asceticism
Moral Asceticism
The Self Examined
A Legacy Revised
4. Family: Toward Androgyny
(Helen V. L. Stehlin, coauthor)
The Traditional Family: Mythic Qualities
An Excursus: The "Traditional Family"—Reflections on Social History
The Traditional Family Reconsidered
Toward Androgyny
The Evangelical Family Besieged
5. Politics: Civility Extolled
Three Waves of Evangelical Political Activism
The Politics of the Coming Generation
Evangelicals and the Ethic of Political Civility
Part Three: Evangelicalism and the Modern World Order
6. Modernity and the Reconstruction of Tradition
The Reconstruction of Tradition
The Role of Education
The Role of Elites
Is Orthodoxy Possible?
7. Evangelicalism in the Modern World Order
The Decline of Cultural Hegemony
Transition in the World Order
"Crisis" in the World Order
8. Evangelicalism in America’s Third Century
Growth, Decline, Division
The Loss of Binding Address
Epilogue: Orthodoxy in the Modern World Order: In Search of a Paradigm
Appendix: The Study
Selected Bibliography


Society for the Scientific Study of Religion: SSSR Distinguished Book Award

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