New Directions in American Religious History / Edition 1

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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. 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.
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" invaluable assessment of where the study of American religion has been, and where it needs to go from here."--Books & Culture

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195112139
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Berkeley College, Yale University

Westminster Theological Seminary

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Studies of Religion in American Society: The State of the Art 15
2 Narrating Puritanism 51
3 "Christianizing the South" - Sketching a Synthesis 84
4 "As Canadian as Possible Under the Circumstances": Reflections on the Study of Protestantism in North America 116
5 God's Designs: The Literature of the Colonial Revivals of Religion, 1735-1760 141
6 Religion and the American Revolution 173
7 Protestantism, Voluntarism, and Personal Identity in Antebellum America 206
8 Ethnicity and American Protestants: Collective Identity in the Mainstream 239
9 Protestants and Economic Behavior 260
10 Protestant Success in the New American City, 1870-1920: The Anxious Secrets of Rev. Walter Laidlaw, Ph.D. 296
11 The Spirit and the Flesh: Gender, Language, and Sexuality in American Protestantism 334
12 From Missions to Mission to Beyond Missions: The Historiography of American Protestant Foreign Missions Since World War II 362
13 Experience and Explanation in Twentieth-Century American Religious History 394
14 On Jordan's Stormy Banks: Margins, Center, and Bridges in African American Religious History 417
15 Recent American Catholic Historiography: New Directions in Religious History 445
16 Jewish Intellectuals and the De-Christianization of American Public Culture in the Twentieth Century 462
17 Later Stages of the Recovery of American Religious History 487
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