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This is a good, basic source for information on 30 religious denominations in America today. The first section, "The Religions," gives short histories, along with core beliefs, practices, organizational and demographic information, and sources for further reading. Next, "Issues in American Religion" contains 14 essays by various scholars, intending to provoke discussion of particular issues, e.g., "Transforming Tolerance: American Religion and Sexual Diversity" and "Is America a Hospitable Land for Islam?" The third part, "Faith, Facts and Figures," provides massive amounts of recent statistical and polling data along with charts, maps, and graphs on topics relevant to the subject. The short "Sources and Methodology" section includes biographies of contributors to the volume. While this work is not a replacement for Leo Rosten's aging classic (Religions of America), the information here on religions outside of the Judeo-Christian traditions, the updated statistics, and the contemporary style and format all make this a solid resource to add to any library collection.
—C. Robert Nixon