'An Anxious Age'

Joseph Bottum's View of Mainline Protestantism

An Anxious Age
The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America
Joseph Bottum
Image, $25, 296 pp.

Those who welcome a clearly stated thesis will find Joseph Bottum’s new book highly gratifying. “The death of the Mainline [in Protestantism] is the central political fact of the last hundred and fifty years of American history,” Bottum writes in his provocative account of religious life in this country. “The lost Mainline is who we are. It’s what defines us.” To make sure we get it, Bottum, a wide-ranging author,...

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Martin E. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor emeritus at the University of Chicago.

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