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Laubach’s story—in its emphasis on the spiritual benefits of reading, mysticism, and interfaith encounters— serves as the perfect coda to Hedstrom’s terrific study of religious liberalism in twentieth-century America. The Rise of Liberal Religion joins an expanding corpus of work—most notably Gary Dorrien’s three-volume The Making of American Liberal Theology (2001, 2003, 2006) and Leigh Eric Schmidt’s Restless Souls: The Making of American Spirituality from Emerson to Oprah (2005)—that provides balance to the substantive scholarly attention recently given to conservative Protestantism. This scholarship suggests—and The Rise of Liberal Religion is explicit in this regard—that there is much more to the story of religious liberalism in twentieth- and twenty-first-century America than the numerical decline of mainline Protestant churches.
Copyright © 2013, William Vance Trollinger Jr. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Historical Association. All rights reserved.
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Trollinger, William Vance, "Review: 'The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century'" (2013). History Faculty Publications. 40.