By Hugh McLeod
The 20 th century observed alterations as dramatic as any in Christian heritage. The church buildings suffered severe losses, either via persecution and during secularization, in what have been for numerous centuries their ecu heartlands, yet grew quickly in Africa and components of Asia. This quantity presents a complete heritage of Catholicism, Protestantism and the self sustaining church buildings in all components of the realm within the century while Christianity really grew to become a world faith. Written via a robust workforce of experts from many various international locations, the amount is huge in scope.
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While not all Protestants were convinced teetotallers, and many did drink in spite of the disapproval they were likely to encounter, they were generally agreed in condemning gambling. An ethos of hard work, saving, and unostentatious dress also gave these Protestant cultures a somewhat dour reputation. Religious life focused on Bible-reading, and the scope this allowed for conflicting individual interpretations of the sacred text meant that Protestant unity was always at risk and frequently collapsed.
Pulpit princes’ could still attract huge congregations, and the pronouncements by prominent preachers on political and social issues, as well as on theological questions, received extensive coverage in the press. But there were many people inclined to spend their Sundays in bed, in a pub, or visiting relatives, and who thus needed to be persuaded to come to church at all. Some denominations pinned their hopes on aggressive evangelism, whether in the form of mass rallies, preaching in parks or at street corners, or knocking on doors.
Alienation from the church in Berlin was also in some ways a response to the apparent religious unanimity of many rural areas. Migrants who had resented the links between religious and civil authority in their native villages and the strong social pressures to attend church sometimes revelled in the freedom that the big city offered. 9 McLeod, Piety, p. 6. , p. 26. 21 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 HUGH MCLEOD Those who remained loyal to the Protestant church included some who were positively attracted by its traditions, its conservatism and its links with the state.
Cambridge History of Christianity: Volume 9, World Christianities c.1914-c.2000 by Hugh McLeod