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Religion in American Life A Short History

ISBN-10: 0195333292

ISBN-13: 9780195333299

Edition: 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Jon Butler, Grant Wacker, Randall H. Balmer

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Perhaps surprising in a country without a national church, religion has played a powerful role in American life. Now, in the new paperback edition of Religion in American Life, three of the country's most eminent historians of religion offer a superb overview that spans four centuries, illuminating the rich spiritual heritage central to nearly every event in our nation's history. Jon Butler begins by describing the state of religious affairs in both the Old and New Worlds on the eve of colonization. He traces the progress of religion in the colonies through the time of the American Revolution, covering all the religious groups, Protestants, Jews, and Catholics, as well as the unique religious experiences of Native Americans and African Americans. Grant Wacker continues the story with a fascinating look at the ever-shifting religious landscape of 19th-century America. He focuses on the rapid growth of evangelical Protestants--Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, and others--and their competition for dominance over religions such as Catholicism and Judaism, which continued to increase with large immigrant arrivals from Ireland, Eastern Europe, and other countries. The 20th century saw massive cultural changes. Randall Balmer discusses the effects industrialization, modernization, and secularization had on new and established religions. He examines Protestants, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, New Age believers, Mormons, Buddhists, Roman Catholics, and many more, providing a clear look into the kaleidoscope of religious belief in modern-day America. Religion in American Life is an engrossing look at how religion has changed--and in turn been changed by--the extraordinary events throughout American history.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/31/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Jon Butler is the William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies and History, and Professor of Religious Studies, at Yale University.

Grant Wacker is Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Christian History at Duke University Divinity School.

Preface
Religion in Colonial America
Worlds Old and New
Religion and Missions in New Spain and New France
Religion in England's First Colonies
The Flowering of Religious Diversity
African and American Indian Religion
Reviving Colonial Religion
Religion and the American Revolution
Religion in Nineteenth-Century America
Prophets for a New Nation
Awakeners of the Heart
Reformers and Visionaries
Restorers of Ancient Ways
Sojourners at Home
Warriors for God and Religion
Fashioners of Immigrant Faiths
Innovators in a World of New Ideas
Conservers of Tradition
Adventurers of the Spirit
Religion in Twentieth-Century America
A New Century
The Age of Militancy
In God We Trust
Religion in the New Frontier
Religion in an Age of Upheaval
Preachers, Politicians, and Prodigals
Religion for the New Millennium
Epilogue
Chronology
Further Reading
Index