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Religion in American Life: A Short History Updated Edition / Edition 2
     

Religion in American Life: A Short History Updated Edition / Edition 2

by Jon Butler
 

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ISBN-10: 0195333292

ISBN-13: 9780195333299

Pub. Date: 11/26/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Perhaps surprising in a country without a national church, religion has played a powerful role in American life. Now, in the new paperback edition of Religion in American Life, three of the country's most eminent historians of religion offer a superb overview that spans four centuries, illuminating the rich spiritual heritage central to nearly every event in our

Overview

Perhaps surprising in a country without a national church, religion has played a powerful role in American life. Now, in the new paperback edition of Religion in American Life, three of the country's most eminent historians of religion offer a superb overview that spans four centuries, illuminating the rich spiritual heritage central to nearly every event in our nation's history.
Jon Butler begins by describing the state of religious affairs in both the Old and New Worlds on the eve of colonization. He traces the progress of religion in the colonies through the time of the American Revolution, covering all the religious groups, Protestants, Jews, and Catholics, as well as the unique religious experiences of Native Americans and African Americans. Grant Wacker continues the story with a fascinating look at the ever-shifting religious landscape of 19th-century America. He focuses on the rapid growth of evangelical Protestants—Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, and others—and their competition for dominance over religions such as Catholicism and Judaism, which continued to increase with large immigrant arrivals from Ireland, Eastern Europe, and other countries. The 20th century saw massive cultural changes. Randall Balmer discusses the effects industrialization, modernization, and secularization had on new and established religions. He examines Protestants, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, New Age believers, Mormons, Buddhists, Roman Catholics, and many more, providing a clear look into the kaleidoscope of religious belief in modern-day America.
Religion in American Life is an engrossing look at how religion has changed—and in turn been changed by—the extraordinary events throughout American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195333299
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/26/2007
Series:
Religion in American Life Series
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.60(d)

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Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Religion in Colonial America   John Butler
Worlds Old and New     1
Religion and Missions in New Spain and New France     21
Religion in England's First Colonies     47
The Flowering of Religious Diversity     71
African and American Indian Religion     91
Reviving Colonial Religion     110
Religion and the American Revolution     132
Religion in Nineteenth-Century America   Grant Wacker
Prophets for a New Nation     155
Awakeners of the Heart     171
Reformers and Visionaries     185
Restorers of Ancient Ways     200
Sojourners at Home     212
Warriors for God and Religion     231
Fashioners of Immigrant Faiths     246
Innovators in a World of New Ideas     261
Conservers of Tradition     273
Adventurers of the Spirit     291
Religion in Twentieth-Century America   Randall Balmer
A New Century     309
The Age of Militancy     323
In God We Trust     340
Religion in the New Frontier     360
Religion in an Age of Upheaval     379
Preachers, Politicians, and Prodigals     395
Religion for the New Millennium     409
Epilogue     430
Chronology     433
Further Reading     437
Index     464

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