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A Plague on Both Their Houses: Liberal vs. Conservative Christians and the Divorce of the Episcopal Church USA
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A Plague on Both Their Houses: Liberal vs. Conservative Christians and the Divorce of the Episcopal Church USA


T&T Clark 2015

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Gathering Interest


Christopher Craig Brittain discusses current battles in the Episcopal Church USA, and why division presides over unity in this historical moment. Brittain investigates specific events, drawing upon an analysis of theological debates within the church, field interviews in church congregations, and sociological literature on church conflict. Brittain argues that viewing the contention in the Episcopal Church as a culture war between liberals and conservatives is inaccurate. He maintains that the splits occurring within the national church are not so much schisms in the technical sociological sense, but more like a familial divorce—complete with all the messy entwinement this term evokes.

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Key Features

  • Focuses on the current battles plaguing the Episcopal Church USA
  • Likens contemporary division in the Church to a family divorce
  • Offers a new perspective on contention in the Church


  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations and List of Congregations and Individuals
  • Introduction: Beyond Church Decline & the Culture Wars
  • A House Divided: The Episcopal Church in the USA
  • Resident Aliens? Conservatives and Liberals in The Episcopal Church
  • The Divorce of a Diocese: Choosing Sides & Getting Caught in the Middle
  • A Tale of Four Congregations
  • Sue Thy Neighbor?
  • Ready; Aim; Blog! Church Conflict and the New Media
  • Church Conflict and Ecclesiology
  • In Search of Christian Identity
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Product Details

  • Title: A Plague on Both Their Houses: Liberal vs Conservative Christians and the Divorce of the Episcopal Church USA
  • Author: Christopher Craig Brittain
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 280
  • Christian Group: Episcopalian
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Ecclesiology; Modern Church

About Christopher Craig Brittain

Christopher Craig Brittain is lecturer in practical theology at the University of Aberdeen. He is also the author of Adorno and Theology and Religion at Ground Zero: Theological Responses to Times of Crisis.

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