Study Guides

  • 1. American Mainline Protestantism: A Study Guide

    by: Maria ErlingDate Published: 16 Sep 2005
    During the early part of the 20th century a coalition of several denominational traditions known as Mainline Protestants shaped the public religious culture of the United States. At the end of the century, however, Mainline Protestantism was widely perceived to be in “decline.” This study guide provides an overview of extensive scholarly and general investigations of these changes.

    Maria Erling is Associate Professor of the History of Christianity in North American and Global Missions at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA.

  • 2. Study Guide on Religion & Higher Education

    by: Stephen R. HaynesDate Published: 26 Aug 2002
    Over the last century, the number and percentage of Americans with a college education has skyrocketed. In the same time period, the role and place of religion in higher education has changed dramatically. In this study guide, Stephen Haynes provides a path through an extensive literature of research and analysis that chronicles this transformation and illuminates its meaning and consequences for the church and the academy.

    Stephen R. Haynes is Associate Professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and the founding director of the Rhodes Consultation on the Future of the Church-Related College.

  • 3. The Aims & Purposes of Theological Education: A Study Guide

    by: W. Clark GilpinDate Published: 18 Apr 2002
    During the two decades since 1980, the theological schools of North America have pursued a reappraisal of their fundamental aims and purposes. The literature arising from this discussion has not only expanded our knowledge but also raised important questions for faculty, students, clergy, and all those who are concerned for the highest possible quality of ministerial leadership and theological scholarship. This study guide is an invitation to explore that literature and the basic issues that it has raised.

    Clark Gilpin is the Margaret E. Burton Professor of the History of Christianity and of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School and Director of the Martin Marty Center.

  • 4. Thinking Theologically About Faith and Wealth

    by: Carol JohnstonDate Published: 11 Jun 2000
    Carol Johnston invites participants in this study guide to consider the theological meaning of wealth by examining an interesting set of literature on Christian practices of giving and stewardship as well as scriptural and cultural understandings of riches.

    Carol Johnston is Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana, and she directs the Faith, Wealth and Community Leadership Project. For further information on Dr. Johnston's work on this topic, see her web site at