Churches Confront the Urban Challenge

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Churches Confront the Urban Challenge a. Problems For Churches i. Traditional doctrines didn’t apply in the city ii. Large churches tended to become diversions or amusements iii. Had to face a mounting emphasis on materialism iv. New idea was that God caused the righteous to prosper (gospel of wealth) b. Liberal Protestants i. Dominated American Protestantism between 1875-1925 ii. Adapted religious ideas to modern culture and called for modest reform iii. Rejected taking the Bible literally and questioned the idea of original sin iv. Sought to mediate: 1. Laborers and rich 2. Science and faith 3. Religious and secular values v. Trusted in community fellowship and focused on earthly salvation vi. Helped Protestant Americans reconcile their religious faith with modern, diverse ways of thinking c. Roman Catholics i. Gaining strength from the New Immigration ii. 1900 – Catholics became the largest single denomination – 9 million iii. Cardinal James Gibbons was a leader who appealed to both Catholics and Protestants. He was sympathetic to the
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