A Religious History of the American People: Second Edition / Edition 2

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This classic work, winner of the 1973 National Book Award in Philosophy and Religion and Christian Century’s choice as the Religious Book of the Decade (1979), is now issued with a new chapter by noted religious historian David Hall, who carries the story of American religious history forward to the present day.

Praise for the earlier edition:

“An unusual and praiseworthy book. . . . It takes a modern, almost anthropological view of history, in which worship is a part of a web of culture along with play, love, dress, and language.”—B.A. Weisberger, Washington Post Book World

“The most detailed, most polished of the works in its tradition.”—Martin E. Marty, New York Times Book Review

“An intellectual delight that one does not so much read as savor.”—America

“The definitive one-volume study by the leading authority.”—Christianity Today

“No one writing or thinking hereafter about America’s past will be able to ignore Ahlstrom’s magisterial account of the religious element.”—American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300100129
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1216
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 2.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the second edition
1 American religious history in the post-Protestant era 1
Pt. I European prologue 15
2 Western Catholicism 18
3 The church in New Spain 36
4 The church in New France 54
5 The Reformation 70
6 The Reformation in Great Britain and the age of Puritanism 84
7 Empire, commerce, and religion : a survey of early colonization 99
Pt. II The Protestant empire founded 121
8 The rise and flowering of the Puritan spirit 124
9 The holy commonwealths of New England 135
10 Tensions in the New England way 151
11 Religious diversity in Rhode Island 166
12 Early Protestantism in the southern colonies 184
13 The middle colonies : Dutch, Puritans, and Quakers 200
14 The extension of Anglicanism 214
15 The German sects and the rise of pietism 230
16 The German reformed and Lutheran churches 245
Pt. III The century of awakening and revolution 261
17 The shaping of colonial Presbyterianism 265
18 The great awakening in New England 280
19 Jonathan Edwards and the renewal of New England theology 295
20 Evangelical expansion in the south 314
21 Roman Catholicism in the American colonies 330
22 Provincial America and the coming of the Enlightenment 343
23 The revolutionary era 360
Pt. IV The golden day of democratic evangelicalism 385
24 The emergence of American unitarianism 388
25 The New England theology in democratic America 403
26 The second great awakening in New England : revival, evangelism, and reform 415
27 The great revival in the west and the growth of the popular denominations 429
28 Presbyterians and Congregationalists in the old northwest : advance and conflict 455
29 Sectarian heyday 472
30 The communitarian impulse 491
Pt. V Countervailing religion 511
31 The Atlantic migration and Lutheran crisis 515
32 The forming of the Roman Catholic church 527
33 The expansion of the Roman Catholic church 540
34 Anti-Catholicism and the nativist movement 555
35 The early growth of Judaism 569
36 The romantic mood 583
37 Romantic religion in New England 597
38 Catholic movements in American Protestantism 615
Pt. VI Slavery and expiation 633
39 The high tide of humanitarian reform 637
40 Slavery, disunion, and the churches 648
41 The churches amid civil war and reconstruction 670
42 The rise of the black churches 698
43 The southern white churches after the war 715
Pt. VII The ordeals of transition 731
44 Urban growth and the Protestant churches 735
45 Protestantism and the later immigration 749
46 The golden are of liberal theology 763
47 The social gospel 785
48 Dissent and reaction in Protestantism 805
49 The "Americanism" crisis in the Catholic church 825
50 The Protestant establishment and the new nativism 842
51 Crusading Protestantism 857
Pt. VIII The age of faltering crusades 873
52 The little war and the great war 877
53 The twenties : from the armistice of the crash 895
54 The thirties : from the crash to Pearl Harbor 918
55 Neo-orthodoxy and social crisis 932
56 World War II and the postwar revival 949
Pt. IX Toward post-Puritan America 965
57 Twentieth-century Judaism 969
58 The ancient eastern churches in America 985
59 Roman Catholicism in the twentieth century 998
60 Harmonial religion since the later nineteenth century 1019
61 Piety for the age of Aquarius : theosophy, occultism, and non-western religion 1037
62 Black religion in the twentieth century 1055
63 The turbulent Sixties 1079
64 From the Seventies to the present 1097
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