The problems of mainline Protestantism in our time — the collapse of what used to be called “the Protestant Establishment” — can make for depressing reading, so it helps that prominent journalist William Murchison has a sprightly prose style. In his new book, Mortal Follies: Episcopalians and the Crisis of Mainline Christianity (Encounter, 215 pp., $25.95), Murchison tells the story of how, in seeking to adapt to the times, the Episcopal Church has rendered itself less relevant to the actual spiritual struggles of the men and women in its pews. In today’s Episcopalianism, he writes, “there is a seemingly unstoppable …
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The actresses here fit their parts. Mother, daughter, student, nurse. This play concerns a farm In decline. The barn roof collapses. Chickens die, mysteriously. Gwen plays a concerned daughter. The farmer’s daughter: You know all the jokes. I want to act the traveling salesman, driving, ...