Religious Outsiders and the Making of Americans / Edition 1

Religious Outsiders and the Making of Americans / Edition 1

by Robert Laurence Moore, R Laurence Moore
     
 

In this bold new study, R. Laurence Moore considers the dynamic role that alleged religious "outsiders" -- the Mormons, Catholics, Jews, Christian Scientists, Millennialists, 20th-century Fundamentalists, and black churches -- have played in shaping American history. Through these groups, Moore shows that the conventional distinctions between what is "mainstream" and… See more details below

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In this bold new study, R. Laurence Moore considers the dynamic role that alleged religious "outsiders" -- the Mormons, Catholics, Jews, Christian Scientists, Millennialists, 20th-century Fundamentalists, and black churches -- have played in shaping American history. Through these groups, Moore shows that the conventional distinctions between what is "mainstream" and what is "marginal" in American culture are largely fictions created by historians and historical actors, and that many of these "outside" groups in fact embody values that are quintessentially American.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195051889
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1987
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Protestant Unity and the American Mission--The Historiography of a Desire3
Part 1Outsider Religions, Ethnicity, and American Identity
Chapter 1How To Become a People: The Mormon Scenario25
Chapter 2Managing Catholic Success in a Protestant Empire48
Chapter 3American Jews as an Ordinary Minority72
Part 2The Progressive's Despair--Religions for Average Americans
Chapter 4Christian Science and American Popular Religion105
Chapter 5Premillennial Christian Views of God's Justice and American Injustice128
Chapter 6The Protestant Majority as a Lost Generation--A Look at Fundamentalism150
Chapter 7Black Culture and Black Churches--The Quest for an Autonomous Identity173
Postscript: Civil and Uncivil Religions--Describing Religious Pluralism201
Notes211
Index237

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