Interpreting the “Protestant mainstream” is a formidable task. In the first place, how is one to define the term? Usually the denominations making up the National or World Councils of Churches are intended when commentators refer to the “mainstream,” and yet it is more than questionable whether those churches are any longer at the center of contemporary American or world church life. Such churches certainly are not the fastest growing at least not in the United States. That honor now seems to belong to evangelical denominations and independent congregations. Moreover, the evangelicals seem to enjoy unprecedented (for them) political influence with mainstream churches relegated more and more to the sidelines.
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