Religion in America: A Comprehensive Guide to Faith, History, and Tradition

Religion in America: A Comprehensive Guide to Faith, History, and Tradition

by Harold Rabinowitz
     
 

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Illustrated, comprehensive, and illuminating, this thoroughly up-to-date work takes the country's religious pulse, covering all of America's most significant organizations and denominations. Readers will find an introduction to the basic tenets and structure of 30 faiths, reviewed by a respected authority on each religion, as well as maps, surveys, and other

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Illustrated, comprehensive, and illuminating, this thoroughly up-to-date work takes the country's religious pulse, covering all of America's most significant organizations and denominations. Readers will find an introduction to the basic tenets and structure of 30 faiths, reviewed by a respected authority on each religion, as well as maps, surveys, and other demographic breakdowns by religious figures and scholars with respect to contemporary American society, culture, and politics. Essays discuss broader, more overarching aspects of worship in the United States. In addition to serving as an encyclopedic reference, the book tackles head-on the most current issues and controversies in American worship.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402743016
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Pages:
992
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.20(d)

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