A crisis of authority defines modernity. The crisis in the Christian West dates to the Reformation and the church-and-state conflicts based upon the question: whose Christianity? The crisis deepened during the Enlightenment as advances in science, reason, and technology changed the question: Christianity or not? By the 1960s, post-structuralism or postmodernity had posed the very question of authority and asserted competing authorities.
This document was originally published by Cambridge University Press in 2016 ©, Harvard Theological Review, 109(1), 144-155. Copyright restrictions may apply. doi: 10.1017/S0017816015000528.
Finstuen, Andrew. (2016). "The Search for a Plural America: Protestant and Enlightenment Authority in American History". Harvard Theological Review, 109(1), 144-155.