American Religions

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The evolution of religious diversity and complexity in the United States is explained clearly in this richly illustrated historical work.
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"Recommended for high school level and beyond, and would make a good addition to a public library, community college, or undergraduate college collection."

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American Reference Books Annual

Library Journal
As director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion and author of more than 25 books (including the Encyclopedia of American Religion), Melton is well qualified to present this basic overview of such a vast subject. Beginning with Native American religions, he traces American religious history from Colonial times to the present and finishes with an especially good final chapter on contemporary faiths. Emphasizing the vast diversity of this country's religions, Melton points out that over 2000 distinct faith communities exist side by side in our culture with remarkable little conflict, a model of tolerance and religious freedom for the whole world. While the coverage is necessarily quite brief at each point, bibliographies are provided, and the text is highly readable and accurate. With its unbiased, even celebrative attitude toward religious diversity, this makes a good basic text or popular history. Recommended for academic and public libraries.--C. Robert Nixon, MLS, Lafayette, IN Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Melton (Institute for the Study of American Religion, Santa Barbara, California) begins by overviewing over 400 native religions being practiced at the time of European contact. He then discusses the initial colonization and religious pioneers, how religious groups dealt with their new dependence on voluntary member support and the forces leading to the Civil War, the emergence of fundamentalism and its development up to current controversies, and the leap in religious pluralism at the end of the 20th century. Most spreads have one or two illustrations, all in black and white. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576072226
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/8/2000
  • Pages: 326
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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