New Directions in American Religious History / Edition 1

New Directions in American Religious History / Edition 1

by Harry S. Stout
     
 

ISBN-10: 019511213X

ISBN-13: 9780195112139

Pub. Date: 01/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The eighteen essays collected in this book originate from a conference of the same title, held at the Wingspread Conference Center in October of 1993. Leading scholars were invited to reflect on their specialties in American religious history in ways that summarized both where the field is and where it ought to move in the decades to come.
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Overview

The eighteen essays collected in this book originate from a conference of the same title, held at the Wingspread Conference Center in October of 1993. Leading scholars were invited to reflect on their specialties in American religious history in ways that summarized both where the field is and where it ought to move in the decades to come.
The essays are organized according to four general themes: places and regions, universal themes, transformative events, and marginal groups and ethnocultural "outsiders." They address a wide range of specific topics including Puritanism, Protestantism and economic behavior, gender and sexuality in American Protestantism, and the twentieth-century de-Christianization of American public culture. Among the contributors are such distinguished scholars as David D. Hall, Donald G. Matthews, Allen C. Guelzo, Gordon S. Wood, Daniel Walker Howe, Robert Wuthnow, Jon Butler, David A. Hollinger, Harry S. Stout, and John Higham.
Taken together, these essays reveal a rapidly expanding field of study that is breaking out of its traditional confines and spilling into all of American history. The book takes the measure of the changes of the last quarter-century and charts numerous challenges to future work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195112139
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
Part IAmerican Religion and Society
1Studies of Religion in American Society: The State of the Art15
Part IIProtestantism and Region
2Narrating Puritanism51
3"Christianizing the South"--Sketching a Synthesis84
4"As Canadian as Possible Under the Circumstances": Reflections on the Study of Protestantism in North America116
Part IIIThe Stages of American Protestantism
5God's Designs: The Literature of the Colonial Revivals of Religion, 1735-1760141
6Religion and the American Revolution173
7Protestantism, Voluntarism, and Personal Identity in Antebellum America206
Part IVProtestantism and the Mainstream
8Ethnicity and American Protestants: Collective Identity in the Mainstream239
9Protestants and Economic Behavior260
10Protestant Success in the New American City, 1870-1920: The Anxious Secrets of Rev. Walter Laidlaw, Ph.D.296
11The Spirit and the Flesh: Gender, Language, and Sexuality in American Protestantism334
12From Missions to Mission to Beyond Missions: The Historiography of American Protestant Foreign Missions Since World War II362
13Experience and Explanation in Twentieth-Century American Religious History394
Part VProtestants and Outsiders
14On Jordan's Stormy Banks: Margins, Center, and Bridges in African American Religious History417
15Recent American Catholic Historiography: New Directions in Religious History445
16Jewish Intellectuals and the De-Christianization of American Public Culture in the Twentieth Century462
Afterword
17Later Stages of the Recovery of American Religious History487

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