The Cooperative Impulse in Liberal Religious Thought
This chapter explores how the liberal Protestants sought to unite in an effort to restore their influence. While some of these cooperative endeavors led to the establishment of institutions that included Catholics and Jews, these efforts were hindered by obstacles. The majority of these projects involved only Protestants, and even in these limited efforts longstanding theological barriers could not always be transcended. One point of contention was whether or not to include Unitarians, the most liberal of America's Christian churches, in city federations. In the end, someone was always left out of cooperative efforts. If theological liberals ran the organization, they might include Unitarians, Universalists, and even Catholics and Jews at the expense of more theologically conservative Protestants. When more traditional evangelicals took charge, non-evangelicals and their liberal allies were left out.
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