American Religions A Documentary History

ISBN-10: 0195170458

ISBN-13: 9780195170450

Edition: 2007

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Religion has played a complex, vibrant, and multifaceted role in our nation's history. One of the most effective ways to help students explore its vitality is through primary sources. American Religions: A Documentary History is the only one-volume, up-to-date collection of primary sources available for American religious history courses. Featuring a creative dual structure--the readings are arranged both chronologically and thematically--this indispensable sourcebook can be used in both historically and topically organized courses. Balancing canonical works with those by newly discovered voices, American Religions: A Documentary History includes seventy-five classic and contemporary selections from the colonial period through the present day. It offers readings by a uniquely wide range of religiously, socially, and ethnically diverse writers: theological conservatives and liberals, northerners and southerners, women and men, and African Americans and Mexican Americans alongside Anglo-Americans. The selections are long enough to stimulate serious discussion yet concise enough for students to digest easily. The volume is organized into six sections that cover different chronological periods, each of which contains writings on five themes: theological reflections, ritual and performance, spiritual autobiography, interreligious conflict and negotiation, and more expansive conceptualizations of religion. Enhanced by brief biographies of the authors, a general introduction, and section introductions, the text also includes two sample syllabi--one oriented toward a historical approach and the other toward a thematic approach. Ideal for introductory courses in religion in America and American religious history--taught both in religious studies and history departments--American Religions: A Documentary History offers students a broad yet in-depth and engaging gateway into the subject.
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List price: $63.59
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.596
Language: English

Preface for Instructors
Colonial Settlement to the 1730s
Affirming Divine Providence: Explorers, Missionaries, and Colonizers Come to America
The Bull Sublimis Deus (1537)
Of Plymouth Plantation (1620-47)
Spirituall Milk for Boston Babes in Either England (1656)
Piety and Practice in the Colonial Era
A Model of Christian Charity (1630)
Sleeping at Sermons Is a Great and a Dangerous Evil (1682)
Anxious Souls: Seeking Assurance in Puritan New England
To My Dear Children (1867) and To My Dear and Loving Husband (1678)
Diary (1677-1727)
Conflict and Violence, Gender and Ethnicity: Antinomianism and Indians
The Examination of Mrs. Anne Hutchinson (1637)
A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1682)
Letter to the Indians (1681)
Challenges to the Established Order: Baptists, Quakers, and Witch-Hunting
Letter to the Town of Providence on the Limits of Religious Liberty (1654-55)
A Persuasive to Moderation to Church Dissenters, in Prudence and Conscience (1686)
From Wonders of the Invisible World (1692)
Revival, Revolution, and the Enlightenment, 1740-1800
Debating Decorum and Religious Experience: Revivalism and the Great Awakening
From Some Thoughts Concerning the Present Revival of Religion in New-England (1743)
From Seasonable Thoughts on the State of Religion in New-England (1743)
Beyond New England: Southern Anglicanism, Methodist Perfection
I Cor. 14 v. 40 Let All Things Be Done Decently and in Order (1770)
A Plain Account of Christian Perfection (1777)
Piety, Christian Love, and Resistance to Slavery
On Being Brought from Africa to America (1773), On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield (1770), and Thoughts on the Works of Providence (1773)
From The Journal of John Woolman and On Silent Worship
Bringing Outsiders In: More Encounters with Indians, Early American Jews
From Journal (1745)
The Petition of the Philadelphia Synagogue to Council of Censors of Pennsylvania (1783)
Enlightenment Views of Religious Tolerance and Liberty
A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom (1779)
Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments (1785)
From An Alphabetical Compendium of the Various Sects Which Have Appeared in the World from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Present Day (1784)
From New Republic to Divided Nation, 1800-65
New Theologies Absorb Old Orthodoxies: Mormonism, Transcendentalism, Communitarianism
The Articles of Faith (1842) and Revelation (1835)
Harvard Divinity School Address (1838)
Diverse Modes of Religious Conversion
Letters (1805)
From Memoirs (1876)
Instructions to the Priest-Monk Theophan (1853)
Slave Religion and African American Resistance
From The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee (1836)
From Narrative of the Life of an American Slave (1845)
Evangelicalism, Abolitionism, and Pro-Slavery Christianity
Appeal to the Christian Women of the South (1836)
Essay on Slavery and Abolitionism (1837)
From The Christian Doctrine of Slavery (1857)
Europeans Attempt to Define Religion in America
From Democracy in America (1835)
From America (1855)
Science, Immigration, and Consumer Capitalism, 1865-1920
Darwinism, the Social Gospel, and the Gospel of Wealth
Evolution (1884)
From Acres of Diamonds (1890)
From A Theology for the Social Gospel (1917)
Reshaping Aged Creed: Reform Judaism, New Thought, Black Protest
Pittsburgh Platform (1885)
From In Tune with the Infinite (1897)
The Sorrow Songs (1903), Credo (1904), and A Litany of Atlanta (1906)
Narratives of Americanization and Resistance
From Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux (1932)
The Promised Land (1912)
Conflicts of Immigration and Immigrants
From Our Country (1886)
Meeting with Archbishop John Ireland (1889)
The Heathen Invasion of America (1912)
Turning Outward: The Early Comparative Study of Religion
The Ten Religions and Christianity (1891)
Hinduism as a Religion and Farewell (1893)
From The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902)
From Fundamentalism to Civil Rights, 1920-65
Fundamentalism, Liberalism, and Neo-orthodoxy
Shall the Fundamentalists Win? (1922)
From The Irony of American History (1952)
Jewish Observance and Catholic Sacramentalism
From God in Search of Man (1955)
From New Seeds of Contemplation (1961)
Alienation, Dissidence, and Rebellion Against Traditional Authorities
From The Long Loneliness (1952)
From Dharma Bums (1958)
Black Encounters with World Religions and the Struggle Against Racism
What We May Learn from India (1936) and Howard and Sue Bailey Thurman Meet with Mahatma Gandhi (1936)
Letter from Birmingham City Jail (1963)
Letters from Abroad (1964)
The "American Way of Life" and Its Critics
From Protestant-Catholic-Jew (1955)
Multiplicity, Pluralism, and Conflict after 1965
The 1960s and Beyond: Theological Responses to Social and Political Crises
From Beyond God the Father (1973)
Christian Theological Mediocrity (1984)
Gay Friendship: A Thought Experiment in Catholic Moral Theology (1998)
Ritual Practice, and Spiritual Poetry in a Pluralistic Society
The Ways We Worship (1998)
From Seeking the Heart of Wisdom (1987)
Eagle Poem (1990)
Spring song (1987), the light that came to lucille clifton (1980), and testament (1980)
Religious Outings: Multiple Spiritual Personalities in a Post-Sixties America
From Stranger at the Gate (1994)
Religion and Conflict after 9/11
From The Name (2002)
Letter to Franklin Graham from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (2002)
Danger and Grace-Sept. 11 and America's Religious Moment (2002)
Privatization, Secularization, and Religious Flourishing: The Enduring Challenges of Religious Expression in America
From Habits of the Heart (1985)
Religious Expression in Public Schools (1995)
From Democracy and Tradition (2004)
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