Religion: A Pallid but Personable Faith?

Study says many Protestants want pop psychology, not theology

The sophisticated, once powerful and lately rather liberal Protestant churches of America seem to be in the doldrums, while raw, upstart conservative churches are flourishing. Anyone wondering why could do worse than consult a new book modestly billed as "the most exhaustive study of ministry in the U.S. and Canada ever undertaken." Ministry in America (Harper & Row; $24.95) deals with the qualities that people in local parishes seem to want in their ministers. Time was when Protestants—liberal or conservative in theology—sought strong spiritual leadership and preaching, personal counsel based on the Bible,...

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