Religion in Contemporary America

ISBN-10: 0415617383
ISBN-13: 9780415617383
Edition: 2013
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/19/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

This book offers a fresh, engaging, multi-disciplinary introduction to religion in contemporary America. Students and instructors will find the combination of historical and sociological perspectives an invaluable aid to understanding a fascinating but complex field.The first section explores the roots of contemporary American religion from the 1950s up to the present day, looking at the major traditions including mainline Protestantism, the evangelical-pentecostal surge, Catholicism, Judaism, African-American religions and new religious movements. It asks whether Americans are becoming less religious, and how religious thought has moved from traditional systematic theology to approaches such as black and feminist theology and environmental theology. The second section introduces students to religion and social theory, before exploring key issues and themes that cut through the traditions and timelines of Part One: religion and social change, politics, transmitting religion, gender, sexuality and religion, race and poverty, religion and diversity.

is the LeRoy A. Martin Distinguished Professor of ReligiousStudies Emeritus, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A past president of the American Society of Church History, he has written or edited more than 20 books on American religious life. His most recentis Introducing American Religion, which appeared in 2009.Charles H. Lippy is the LeRoy A. Martin Distinguished Professor of ReligiousStudies Emeritus, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A past president of the American Society of Church History, he has written or edited more than 20 books on American religious life. His most recent is Introducing American Religion , which appeared in 2009.

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Preface
Setting the stage
Defining and measuring religion: classical views and theories
Contemporary views and theories of religion
The changing faces of history
Mainline religions in historical and sociological context
Mainline Protestantism: the erosion of cultural dominance
The evangelical surge
American Catholicism: a "ghetto" church no more
Contemporary Judaism: interweaving religious and cultural identities
Transmitting religion
Religion, politics, and government
Gender, sexuality, and religion
Moving beyond the mainstream
African American religion: community, conflict, and change
Religion, race, and poverty
Faiths on the margins
The Mormon perspective
Religion and social change
Where American religion is heading
Spirituality's challenge to religion
Contemporary religious thought: from tradition to experience
A new pluralism comes to America
Is America a Christian nation? Religious pluralism in the twenty-first century
Index

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