(Journalism). The 1st exclusively religious journal in Am. was the weekly Christian History (Boston, 174345), devoted to promoting the Great* Awakening. From 1745 to 1772 three religious papers were attempted in New York and 2 magazines in the Philadelphia area; only 1 survived its 1st yr.
More than 500 religious journals were founded 17891830; in 1830 ca. 175 were still alive. Circulation figures of 5,00010,000 were common. In 1829 the Meth. Christian Advocate (est. 1826) had the world's largest subscription list: ca. 25,000.
183080 was a golden age. By 1880 there were more than 500 journals, with ca. 3 copies per inhabitant. The no. of journals continued to increase after 1880. but denominational interest waned; journals of broader interest flourished.
Prot. denominational journals have included Christian Advocate; Baptist Leader; AD; (beginning September 1972 and including the former Presbyterian Life and United Church Herald in separate editions); The Church Herald. Prot. nondenom. journals have included The Christian Century; Christian Herald; Christianity Today.
Luth. periodicals have included The Lutheran; The Lutheran Standard; Lutheran Herald; Lutheran Companion; The Lutheran Messenger; Lutheran Sentinel; The Lutheran Synod Quarterly; The Lutheran Voice; The Lutheran Witness; Der Lutheraner. Various areas produce local publications.
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