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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.
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Yet another history of religion in America? And with all the flaws of previous histories? Religion in this book essentially means Protestant Christianity, with a few side glances at Judaism, Catholicism, Native American religion, Islam, and Asian religions. America generally means the United States, except in the Colonial period, when a few references are made to New France in the north and New Spain in the south. In this short history by Butler (Religion in Colonial America), Grant Wacker (Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture), and Randall Balmer (Religion in 20th-Century America), the reader receives a large catalog of data and events that are difficult to place in any pattern of development or interpretation. The authors seem unable to provide an outline of trends or changes that supply a context for understanding this complex history. The classic work is still Sidney Ahlstrom's A Religious History of the American People; to set this story in true pluralistic context, Ahlstrom's book should be read alongside Diana L. Eck's recent and highly regarded A New Religious America. The reader would be better served by these two books than this new one. Not recommended.-James A. Overbeck, Atlanta-Fulton P.L., GA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195333299
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/26/2007
  • Series: Religion in American Life Series
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Butler is Howard R. Lamar Professor of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Yale University. He is the author of Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People, Becoming America: The Revolution Before 1776, and, with Harry S. Stout, editor of Religion in American History: A Reader.
Grant Wacker is Professor of Church History at Duke University Divinity School. He is the author of Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture, Religion in Nineteenth Century America (OUP, 2000), and Pentecostal Currents in American Protestantism.
Randall Balmer is Professor of American Religious History at Barnard College, Columbia University, and Visiting Professor of American Religion at Yale University Divinity School. He is the author of ten books, including Protestantism in America and Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America (2006). His book Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, now in its fourth edition, was made into an award-winning, three-part documentary for PBS.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Religion in Colonial America
Ch. 1 Worlds Old and New 1
Ch. 2 Religion and Missions in New Spain and New France 23
Ch. 3 Religion in England's First Colonies 51
Ch. 4 The Flowering of Religious Diversity 76
Ch. 5 African and American Indian Religion 98
Ch. 6 Reviving Colonial Religion 118
Ch. 7 Religion and the American Revolution 142
Religion in Nineteenth-Century America
Ch. 8 Prophets for a New Nation 165
Ch. 9 Awakeners of the Heart 182
Ch. 10 Reformers and Visionaries 197
Ch. 11 Restorers of Ancient Ways 213
Ch. 12 Sojourners at Home 227
Ch. 13 Warriors for God and Region 247
Ch. 14 Fashioners of Immigrant Faiths 263
Ch. 15 Innovators in a World of New Ideas 279
Ch. 16 Conservers of Tradition 292
Ch. 17 Adventurers of the Spirit 311
Religion in Twentieth-Century America
Ch. 18 A New Century 331
Ch. 19 The Age of Militancy 346
Ch. 20 In God We Trust 364
Ch. 21 Religion in the New Frontier 385
Ch. 22 Religion in an Age of Upheaval 407
Ch. 23 Preachers, Politicians, and Prodigals 424
Ch. 24 Religion for the New Millennium 438
Epilogue 457
Chronology 461
Further Reading 481
Index 505
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