Jacob's ladder

Liberal in what way?
Mainline or liberal Protestants need a better term to describe themselves. Mainline implies cultural and social dominance, which is hard to assert given the numerical realities. Only three mainline churches rank among the ten largest church bodies in the U.S. Only six make it into the top 25. If one counts all the churches that belong to the National Council of Churches, which includes Orthodox and historically black churches, one comes up with 45 million mainliners—about one-fourth of all church members in the U.S.


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