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Saving FaithMaking Religious Pluralism an American Value at the Dawn of the Secular Age$
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David Mislin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453946

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453946.001.0001

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An Expansive Kingdom of God

An Expansive Kingdom of God

The Articulation of Protestant-Catholic-Jewish Commonality

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Saving Faith

David Mislin

Cornell University Press

This chapter documents the emergence of a sense of commonality among liberal Protestants, Jews, and Catholics as they confronted the challenges of shared secular critique and conservative backlash. Rev. Charles Snedeker, dean of the Episcopal cathedral in Cincinnati, and David Philipson, rabbi of the city's largest Reform synagogue, devised a plan to develop a permanent community organization that would foster interreligious discourse. The Cosmic Club, as it became known, sought to highlight the similarities between Jews, Catholics, and Protestants. The affirmation that Christians and Jews shared a common commitment to bringing God's kingdom to earth highlighted liberal Protestants' new found feelings of affinity toward Roman Catholicism and Judaism. The project of comparative religion also compelled many Protestants to identify points of significant commonality with other belief systems.

Keywords:   Protestants, Jews, Catholics, Rev. Charles Snedeker, Rabbi David Philipson, Reform synagogue, The Cosmic Club, God's kingdom

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