Religion in America Since 1945: A History

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byPatrick Allitt

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Moving far beyond the realm of traditional "church history," Patrick Allitt here offers a vigorous and erudite survey of the broad canvas of American religion since World War II. Identifying the major trends and telling moments within major denominations and also in less formal religious movements, he asks how these religious groups have shaped, and been shaped by, some of the most important and divisive issues and events of the last half century: the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, feminism and the sexual revolution, abortion rights, the antinuclear and environmentalist movements, and many others.

Allitt argues that the boundaries between religious and political discourse have become increasingly blurred in the last fifty years. Having been divided along denominational lines in the early postwar period, religious Americans had come by the 1980s to be divided along political lines instead, as they grappled with the challenges of modernity and secularism. Partly because of this politicization, and partly because of the growing influence of Asian, Latino, and other ethnic groups, the United States is anomalous among the Western industrialized nations, as church membership and religious affiliation generally increased during this period. Religion in America Since 1945 is a masterful analysis of this dynamism and diversity and an ideal starting point for any exploration of the contemporary religious scene.

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Moving far beyond the realm of traditional "church history," Patrick Allitt here offers a vigorous and erudite survey of the broad canvas of American religion since World War II. Identifying the major trends and telling moments within major denominations and also in less formal religious movements, he asks how these religious groups ha...

Patrick Allitt is professor of history at Emory University. He is the author of Catholic Intellectuals and Conservative Politics in America, 1950-1985, Catholic Converts: British and American Intellectuals Turn to Rome, and the editor of Major Problems in American Religious History.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:January 22, 2005Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231509316

ISBN - 13:9780231509312

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Anxious Victory: 1945--1952
The War's End
The American Religious Landscape
Cold War of the Spirit
Spiritual Peace in the 1940s
2. Religion and Materialism: 1950--1970
Fighting Godless Communism
Religious Intellectuals in the 1950s
Eisenhower Spirituality
Church Buildings
3. Religion, Respect, and Social Change: 1955--1968
African American Religion
The Civil Rights Movement Begins
White Christians and Civil Rights
Nonviolence in Decline
Mormon America
4. New Frontiers and Old Boundaries: 1960--1969
The Catholic President
The Supreme Court and Religion in Schools
Vietnam, Part I
Radical Theology
Catholic Reform
5. Shaking the Foundations: 1963--1972
American Judaism
Vietnam, Part II
Catholic Challenges to Church Discipline
African American Religion After King
6. Alternative Religious Worlds: 1967--1982
Space Travel
Feminism and Ministry
Feminist Theology
New Religions, "Cults,'' and Their Critics
Asian Spirituality in American Dress
7. Evangelicals and Politics: 1976--1990
Jimmy Carter and the Evangelical Presidency
The New Christian Right and the Reagan Campaign
The Abortion Controversy
Wives and Mothers
8. The Christian Quest for Justice and Wisdom: 1980--1995
The Antinuclear Movement
Sanctuary
Creationism and Evolution
Christian Academies and Home Schooling
9. Profits, Profligates, and Prophets: 1987--1995
The Evangelical Scandals
A Minister in the White House?
American Islam
10. The New World Order: 1989--1999
End of the Cold War
Religion and Violence
Environmental Spirituality
Megachurches
11. Fears, Threats, and Promises: 1990--2000
Homosexuality and Religion
Promise Keepers
Millennial Expectation
12. The New Millennium: 2001
Religion at Ground Zero
Conclusion

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