By the 1930s most mainline Protestant traditions promulgated the key tenets of liberalism, especially an embrace of modern intellectual theory along with theological and religious pluralism. In Liberalism without Illusions , Christopher Evans critiques his own tradition, focusing in particular why so many Americans today want to distance themselves from this rich and vibrant heritage. In a time when attitudes about "liberal" vs. "conservative" theology have become the focus of the culture wars, he provides a constructive discussion of how liberalism might move forward into the 21st century, which, he argues, is indispensable to the future of American Christianity itself.
Christopher H. Evans is Professor of the History of Christianity at Boston University School of Theology and is the author of several books, including Liberalism Without Illusions: Renewing an American Christian Tradition (2010). He lives in the Boston, Massachusetts area.
Introduction Chapter One: Why Do Americans Distrust Liberals? Chapter Two: Evangelical and Modern: Christian Liberalism in the 19th Century Chapter Three: Christian Liberalism and the Social Gospel Heritage Chapter Four: The Diffusion of Liberal Theology Chapter Five: Did Liberalism Win? Chapter Six: Does Liberal Theology Still Matter? Chapter Seven: Liberalism without Illusions Epilogue: Past Imperfect