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Return to Book Page. Religious traditions provide the stories and rituals that define the core values of church members. Yet modern life in America can make those customs seem undesirable, even impractical. As a result, many congregations refashion church traditions so they may remain powerful and salient.
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How do these transformations occur? How do clergy and worshipers negotiate which aspects Religious traditions provide the stories and rituals that define the core values of church members. How do clergy and worshipers negotiate which aspects should be preserved or discarded? Here Ellingson provides vivid descriptions of congregations as they sacrifice hymns in favor of rock music and scrap traditional white robes and stoles for Hawaiian shirts, while also making readers aware of the long history of similar attempts to Americanize the Lutheran tradition.
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This is an important examination of a religion in flux—one that speaks to the growing popularity of evangelicalism in America. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 1st by University of Chicago Press first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 5.
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Aug 01, Susie Meister rated it really liked it Shelves: christianity-in-modern-america. This book is about how and why a religious tradition is changed and how evangelicalism, seeker spirituality, and utilitarian ethos of american society lead congregations to alter their received traditions. New citations to this author. New articles related to this author's research.
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