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Author Golemon, Larry A., author.

Title Clergy education in America : religious leadership and American public life, 1785 to 1935 / Larry Abbott Golemon
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 364 pages)
Summary "The first 100 years of the education of the clergy in the United States is rightly understood as classical professional education-that is, a formation into an identity and calling to serve the wider public through specialized knowledge and skills. This book argues that pastors, priests, and rabbis were best formed into capacities of culture building through the construction of narratives, symbols, and practices that served their religious communities and the wider public. This kind of education was closely aligned with liberal arts pedagogies of studying classical texts, languages, and rhetorical practices. The theory of culture here is indebted to Geertz and Bruner's social-semiotic view, which identifies culture as the social construction of narrative, symbols, and practices that shape the identity and meaning-making of certain communities. The theological framework of analysis is indebted to Lindbeck's cultural-linguistic view, which emphasizes the role of doctrine as grammatical rules that govern narratives, doctrinal grammars, and social practices for distinct religious communities. This framework is pushed toward the renewal and reconstruction of religious frameworks by the postmodern work of Sheila Devaney and Kathryn Tanner. The book also employs several other concepts from social theory, borrowed from Jurgen Habermas, Max Weber, Pierre Bourdieu, Michael Young, and Bernard Anderson"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 01, 2021)
Subject Clergy -- Training of -- United States
Pastoral theology -- United States
Theology -- Study and teaching -- United States.
Clergy -- Training of.
Pastoral theology.
Theology -- Study and teaching.
United States.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020046428
ISBN 0197552854