Religions of the United States in Practice, Volume 2 / Edition 1

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Religions of the United States in Practice is a rich anthology of primary sources with accompanying essays that examines religious behavior in America. From praying in an early American synagogue to performing Mormon healing rituals to debating cremation, Volume 2 explores faith through action in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The documents and essays consider the religious practices of average people—praying, singing, healing, teaching, imagining, and persuading. Some documents are formal liturgies while other texts describe more spontaneous religious actions. Because religious practices also take place in the imagination, dreams, visions, and fictional accounts are also included.

Accompanying each primary document is an essay that sets the religious practice in its historical and theological context—making this volume ideal for classroom use and accessible to any reader. The introductory essays explain the various meanings of religious practices as lived out in churches and synagogues, in parlors and fields, beside rivers, on lecture platforms, and in the streets.

Religions of the United States in Practice offers a sampling of religious perspectives in order to approximate the living texture of popular religious thought and practice in the United States. The history of religion in America is more than the story of institutions and famous people. This anthology presents a more nuanced story composed of the everyday actions and thoughts of lay men and women.

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What People Are Saying

Robert Wuthnow
This anthology presents the reader with a rich sampling of the ways in which American religion has been practiced. It implicitly challenges some of the standard temporal and thematic categories through which American religion has been understood. The volumes will be useful as reference works and in courses about American religious history. There is much here that does not appear in standard treatments of the subject.
Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691010014
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/2001
  • Series: Princeton Readings in Religions Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Princeton Readings in Religions v
Contributors ix
Introduction 1
Praying: Individual and Communal Worship
1. Lucy Smith and Pentecostal Worship in Chicago 11
2. Lutheran Family Devotions 23
3. The Daily Prayer (Du'a) of Shi'a Isma'ili Muslims 32
4. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament 44
5. The Homemade Passover Haggadah 53
6. Mormon Fast and Testimony Meetings 67
Singing: Songs of Devotion, Praise, and Protest
7. Hanukkah Songs of the 1950s 75
8. Freedom Songs and the Civil Rights Movement 90
9. Folk Music in the Catholic Mass 103
10. Buddhist Chanting in Soka Gakkai International 112
11. Contemporary Christian Worship Music 121
Teaching: Learning How to Live Correctly
12. Teaching Morality in Race Movies 131
13. Harry Emerson Fosdick and Liberal Protestant Teaching 141
14. Reconciling Patriotism and Catholic Devotion: Catholic Children's Literature in Postwar America 159
15. Sex and Submission in the Spirit 173
16. An Apache Girl's Initiation Feast 194
17. Taking or Receiving the Buddhist Precepts 205
Healing: Health, Happiness, and the Miraculous
18. Tongues and Healing at the Azusa Street Revival 217
19. Navajo Healing Ceremonies 224
20. The Power of Positive Thinking 251
21. Shamanism in the New Age 268
22. Jewish Mourning Practices 284
23. The Latter-day Saint Word of Wisdom 297
Imagining: The Unseen World
24. Early Christian Radio and Religious Nostalgia 305
25. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Making of an American Myth 316
26. Spiritual Warfare in the Fiction of Frank Peretti 328
27. Charismatic Renewal among Latino Catholics 346
28. Visualizing Chenrezi in American Tibetan Buddhism 355
29. The Rite of Baptism in Haitian Vodou 362
Persuading: Witnessing, Controversies, and Polemics
30. Millions Now Living Will Never Die 375
31. Ordaining Women Rabbis 389
32. Mother India's Scandalous Swamis 418
33. The Wit and Wisdom of The Door 433
34. Battling Spiritism and the Need for Catholic Orthodoxy 449
Index 463
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