Religious Pluralism in America: The Contentious History of a Founding Ideal / Edition 1

Religious Pluralism in America: The Contentious History of a Founding Ideal / Edition 1

by William R. Hutchison
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300105169

ISBN-13: 9780300105162

Pub. Date: 10/04/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press


In this groundbreaking and timely history, an eminent historian of religion chronicles America’s struggle to fulfill the promise of religious toleration enshrined in our Constitution. William Hutchison shows that as Catholics, Mormons, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and others emerged to challenge the Protestant mainstream, we have expanded our understanding of what…  See more details below

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In this groundbreaking and timely history, an eminent historian of religion chronicles America’s struggle to fulfill the promise of religious toleration enshrined in our Constitution. William Hutchison shows that as Catholics, Mormons, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and others emerged to challenge the Protestant mainstream, we have expanded our understanding of what it means to be a religiously diverse country.

“[This] landmark study address[es] a topic that is both central to American history and relevant to pressing current debates. . . . Stimulating, illuminating, and provocative.”—Mark Noll

“A fascinating account of how religious pluralism, a pluralism that now accepts the most distant stretches of religious diversity, has become institutionalized in the United States.”—Nathan Glazer

“Rich and engaging.”—Thomas C. Berg, Christian Century

“Hutchison’s history is learned and accessible. In its use of cultural evidence—including political cartoons, gospel lyrics, portraits, and photographs—it is even entertaining. . . . More importantly, at all points it is clear.”—Erin Leib, New York Sun

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300105162
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/04/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,050,274
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction: Religious Pluralism as a Work in Progress1
1"Here Are No Disputes": Reputation and Realities in the New Republic11
2Just Behave Yourself: Pluralism as Selective Tolerance30
3Marching to Zion: The Protestant Establishment as a Unifying Force59
4"Repentance for Our Social Sins": Adjustments Within the Establishment84
5In (Partway) from the Margins: Pluralism as Inclusion111
6Surviving a While Longer: The Establishment Under Stress in the Early Twentieth Century139
7"Don't Change Your Name": Early Assaults on the Melting Pot Ideal170
8Protestant-Catholic-Jew: New Mainstream, Gropings Toward a New Pluralism196
9Whose America Is It Anyway? The Sixties and After219
Notes241
Bibliography257
Index263

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