Religion in American Life: A Short History

Paperback | October 21, 2011

byJon Butler, Grant Wacker, Randall Balmer

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This new edition of Religion in American Life, written by three of the country's most eminent historians of religion, offers a superb overview that spans four centuries, illuminating the rich spiritual heritage central to nearly every event in our nation's history. Beginning with the state ofreligious affairs in both the Old and New Worlds on the eve of colonization and continuing through to the present, the book covers all the major American religious groups, from Protestants, Jews, and Catholics to Muslims, Hindus, Mormons, Buddhists, and New Age believers. Revised and updated, the book includes expanded treatment of religion during the Great Depression, of the religious influences on the civil rights movement, and of utopian groups in the 19th century, and it now covers the role of religion during the 2008 presidential election, observing howcompletely religion has entered American politics.

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This new edition of Religion in American Life, written by three of the country's most eminent historians of religion, offers a superb overview that spans four centuries, illuminating the rich spiritual heritage central to nearly every event in our nation's history. Beginning with the state ofreligious affairs in both the Old and New Wo...

Jon Butler is Howard R. Lamar Professor of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies at Yale University. He is the author of Power, Authority, and the Origins of American Denominational Authority; The Huguenots in America: A Refugee People in New World Society; Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People; and B...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 5.59 × 8.19 × 1.61 inPublished:October 21, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199832692

ISBN - 13:9780199832699

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PrefaceJon Butler: Religion in Colonial America1. Worlds Old and New2. Religion and Missions in New Spain and New France3. Religion in England's First Colonies4. The Flowering of Religious Diversity5. African and American Indian Religion6. Reviving Colonial Religion7. Religion and the American RevolutionGrant Wacker: Religion in Nineteenth-Century America8. Prophets for a New Nation9. Awakeners of the Heart10. Reformers and Visionaries11. Restorers of Ancient Ways12. Sojourners at Home13. Warriors for God and Religion14. Fashioners of Immigrant Faiths15. Innovators in a World of New Ideas16. Conservers of Tradition17. Adventurers of the SpiritRandall Balmer: Religion in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century America18. A New Century19. The Age of Militancy20. In God We Trust21. Religion in the New Frontier22. Religion in an Age of Upheaval23. Preachers, Politicians, and Prodigals24. Coming to Terms with Pluralism25. Religion in the New MillenniumEpilogueChronologyFurther ReadingText CreditsPicture CreditsIndex

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"One can hardly do better than Religion in American Life.... A good read, especially for the uninitiated. The initiated might also read it for its felicity of narrative and the moments of illumination that fine scholars can inject even into stories we have all heard before. Read it." --Church History