By David Mislin
In Saving Faith, David Mislin chronicles the transformative old second whilst americans started to reimagine their kingdom as one reinforced through the varied faiths of its peoples. among 1875 and 1925, liberal Protestant leaders deserted non secular exclusivism and leveraged their enormous cultural impression to push others to do an identical. This reorientation happened as an ever-growing team of usa citizens discovered their spiritual religion less than assault on social, highbrow, and political fronts. a brand new iteration of outspoken agnostics assailed the very starting place of trust, whereas famous intellectuals embraced novel non secular practices and claimed that Protestant Christianity had outlived its usefulness.
Faced with those grave demanding situations, Protestant clergy and their allies learned that the winning protection of faith opposed to secularism required a safety of all spiritual traditions. They affirmed the social value—and eventually the spiritual truth—of Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. in addition they got here to view doubt and uncertainty as expressions of religion. eventually, the reexamination of non secular distinction prepared the ground for Protestant elites to re-examine ethnic, racial, and cultural distinction. utilizing the manuscript collections and correspondence of prime American Protestants, besides the institutional documents of varied church buildings and non secular firms, Mislin bargains perception into the old structures of religion and doubt, the interconnected dating of secularism and pluralism, and the large impression of liberal Protestant idea at the political, cultural, and non secular values of the twentieth-century United States.