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Critical Issues in American Religious History A Reader

ISBN-10: 1932792392
ISBN-13: 9781932792393
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Description: On many occasions Americans as a religious people have experienced tension and indecision as they have wrestled with a variety of critical issues crossing their paths. How to implement their religious creeds and ideals in an ever-changing society is  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Baylor University Press
Publication date: 8/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 820
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 3.234
Language: English

On many occasions Americans as a religious people have experienced tension and indecision as they have wrestled with a variety of critical issues crossing their paths. How to implement their religious creeds and ideals in an ever-changing society is recorded in the religious language of the people as they have sought to articulate their identity and destiny. Critical Issues in American Religious History identifies fifteen key, chronologically arranged issues that have prompted considerable debate and discussion over the years. The distinctive element of this work is the singular thematic thread which runs from cover to cover: America's religious experience reflects four interrelated dimensions of religious tension. The carefully selected primary and secondary materials speak to the tension between the secular and sacred, beliefs and behaviors, inclusion and exclusion, and conflict and consensus. Each chapter theme is woven around a particular critical issue pertaining to one or more of these four tensions. Ideally suited for classroom use, Mathisen's work enlarges the reader's critical thinking through an examination of primary and secondary sources of America's religious past. Special features in each chapter include: -- Introductory commentary -- Primary and secondary source readings -- Questions for reflection and discussion -- Suggested readings for further study

Interpreting religion in America
Religion in early America : how inclusive would religion be in early America?
The era of the great awakening : what was the meaning of the great awakening?
Religious America in the American Revolution : how religious was the American Revolution?
American religion in the middle period : what would be the role of religion in the early republic?
American religion in the antebellum frontier west : how did the frontier west shape American religion?
Slavery and American religion : how did slavery coexist with religion in antebellum America?
Religion and America's Civil War : how did religion impact the Civil War?
The encounter between religion and science : how did religion in America respond to the "new" voice of science?
Religion in industrializing America : how did the factory and the city influence American religion?
Religion and American empire-building : how did religion influence the emergence of America as a world power?
Fundamentalism vs. modernism : what were the factors that divided Protestantism a century ago?
American religious ferment during the depression era : how did American religion respond to the secular challenges of the depression period?
American religion from World War II to Vietnam : how would American religion deal with the pressures of the post-World War II period?
Religion and the civil rights movement : how did religion in America contribute to the rise of the civil rights movement?
Religion and the search for American stability : how did American religion restructure at the close of the millennium?

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