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The Megachurch and the Mainline: Remaking Religious Tradition in the Twenty-first Century

Stephen Ellingson


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. How do these transformations occur? How do clergy and worshipers negotiate which aspects should be preserved or discarded? Focusing on the innovations of several mainline Protestant churches in the San Francisco Bay Area, this book provides new understandings of the transformation of spiritual traditions. It arg ... More

Keywords: religious traditions, church members, congregations, clergy, Protestant churches, San Francisco Bay Area, rock music, Lutheranism, evangelicalism, America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226204895
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226204925.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Ellingson, author