Religious Outsiders and the Making of Americans / Edition 1

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Relentlessly honest in his sympathetic examination of group after group." --The New York Times Book Review

"[A] very important and provocative book."--Religious Studies Review

"[Moore's] knowledge is...enyclopedic and insight recurrently arresting."--Times Higher Education Supplement

"This group of essays is perhaps the most...instructive new interpretation to appear in the field of American religious history in a decade."--American Quarterly

"This well-written, well-argued book raises important questions to sort out our confusion of tongues. It is in the best sense provocative."--The Catholic Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195051889
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1987
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cornell University
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Protestant Unity and the American Mission--The Historiography of a Desire 3
Part 1 Outsider Religions, Ethnicity, and American Identity
Chapter 1 How To Become a People: The Mormon Scenario 25
Chapter 2 Managing Catholic Success in a Protestant Empire 48
Chapter 3 American Jews as an Ordinary Minority 72
Part 2 The Progressive's Despair--Religions for Average Americans
Chapter 4 Christian Science and American Popular Religion 105
Chapter 5 Premillennial Christian Views of God's Justice and American Injustice 128
Chapter 6 The Protestant Majority as a Lost Generation--A Look at Fundamentalism 150
Chapter 7 Black Culture and Black Churches--The Quest for an Autonomous Identity 173
Postscript: Civil and Uncivil Religions--Describing Religious Pluralism 201
Notes 211
Index 237
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