Religion in American Life: A Short History / Edition 2

Religion in American Life: A Short History / Edition 2

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Religion in American Life: A Short History / Edition 2

"Quite ambitious, tracing religion in the United States from European colonization up to the 21st century.... The writing is strong throughout."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"One can hardly do better than Religion in American Life.... A good read, especially for the uninitiated. The initiated might also read it for its felicity of narrative and the moments of illumination that fine scholars can inject even into stories we have all heard before. Read it."—Church History

This new edition of Religion in American Life, written by three of the country's most eminent historians of religion, offers a superb overview that spans four centuries, illuminating the rich spiritual heritage central to nearly every event in our nation's history. Beginning with the state of religious affairs in both the Old and New Worlds on the eve of colonization and continuing through to the present, the book covers all the major American religious groups, from Protestants, Jews, and Catholics to Muslims, Hindus, Mormons, Buddhists, and New Age believers. Revised and updated, the book includes expanded treatment of religion during the Great Depression, of the religious influences on the civil rights movement, and of utopian groups in the 19th century, and it now covers the role of religion during the 2008 presidential election, observing how completely religion has entered American politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199832699
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/07/2011
Series: Religion in American Life Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 227,087
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents


Jon Butler

Chapter 1: Worlds Old and New
Chapter 2: Religion and Missions in New Spain and New France
Chapter 3: Religion in England's First Colonies
Chapter 4: The Flowering of Religious Diversity
Chapter 5: African and American Indian Religion
Chapter 6: Reviving Colonial Religion
Chapter 7: Religion and the American Revolution

Grant Wacker

Chapter 8: Prophets for a New Nation
Chapter 9: Awakeners of the Heart
Chapter 10: Reformers and Visionaries
Chapter 11: Restorers of Ancient Ways
Chapter 12: Sojourners at Home
Chapter 13: Warriors for God and Religion
Chapter 14: Fashioners of Immigrant Faiths
Chapter 15: Innovators in a World of New Ideas
Chapter 16: Conservers of Tradition
Chapter 17: Adventurers of the Spirit

Randall Balmer

Chapter 18: A New Century
Chapter 19: The Age of Militancy
Chapter 20: In God We Trust
Chapter 21: Religion in the New Frontier
Chapter 22: Religion in an Age of Upheaval
Chapter 23: Preachers, Politicians, and Prodigals
Chapter 24: Coming to Terms with Pluralism
Chapter 25: Religion in the New Millennium

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