A Religious History of the American People

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Yale University Press, 2004 - History - 1192 pages
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This classic work, winner of the 1973 National Book Award in Philosophy and Religion and Christian Century’s choice as the Religious Book of the Decade (1979), is now issued with a new chapter by noted religious historian David Hall, who carries the story of American religious history forward to the present day.
Praise for the earlier edition:
“An unusual and praiseworthy book. . . . It takes a modern, almost anthropological view of history, in which worship is a part of a web of culture along with play, love, dress, and language.”—B.A. Weisberger, Washington Post Book World

“The most detailed, most polished of the works in its tradition.”—Martin E. Marty, New York Times Book Review

“An intellectual delight that one does not so much read as savor.”—America

“The definitive one-volume study by the leading authority.”—Christianity Today

“No one writing or thinking hereafter about America’s past will be able to ignore Ahlstrom’s magisterial account of the religious element.”—American Historical Review
  

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From my 2008 Amazon Review: The finest single volume work on American religious history December 18, 2003 By Eric Lazarian "New England Calvinist" I cannot praise this work enough. The time invested ... Read full review

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Contents

American Religious History in the PostProtestant Era
1
EUROPEAN PROLOGUE
15
Western Catholicism
18
The Church in New Spain
36
The Church in New France
54
The Reformation
70
The Reformation in Great Britain and the Age of Puritanism
84
Empire Commerce and Religion A Survey of Early Colonization
99
The Early Growth of Judaism
569
The Romantic Mood
583
Romantic Religion in New England
597
Catholic Movements in American Protestantism
615
SLAVERY AND EXPIATION
633
The High Tide of Humanitarian Reform
637
Slavery Disunion and the Churches
648
The Churches amid Civil War and Reconstruction
670

THE PROTESTANT EMPIRE FOUNDED
121
The Rise and Flowering of the Puritan Spirit
124
The Holy Commonwealths of New England
135
Tensions in the New England Way
151
Religious Diversity in Rhode Island
166
Early Protestantism in the Southern Colonies
184
The Middle Colonies Dutch Puritans and Quakers
200
The Extension of Anglicanism
214
The German Sects and the Rise of Pietism
230
The German Reformed and Lutheran Churches
245
THE CENTURY OF AWAKENING AND REVOLUTION
261
The Shaping of Colonial Presbyterianism
265
The Great Awakening in New England
280
Jonathan Edwards and the Renewal of New England Theology
295
Evangelical Expansion in the South
314
Roman Catholicism in the American Colonies
330
Provincial America and the Coming of the Enlightenment
343
The Revolutionary Era
360
THE GOLDEN DAY OF DEMOCRATIC EVANGELICALISM
385
The Emergence of American Unitarianism
388
The New England Theology in Democratic America
403
The Second Great Awakening in New England Revival Evangelism and Reform
415
The Great Revival in the West and the Growth of the Popular Determinations
429
Presbyterians and Congregationalists in the Old Northwest Advance and Conflict
455
Sectarian Heyday
472
The Communitarian Impulse
491
COUNTERVAILING RELIGION
511
The Atlantic Migration and Lutheran Crisis
515
The Forming of the Roman Catholic Church
527
The Expansion of the Romain Catholic Church
540
AntiCatholicism and the Nativist Movement
555
The Rise of the Black Churches
698
The Southern White Churches after the War
715
THE ORDEALS OF TRANSITION
731
Urban Growth and the Protestant Churches
735
Protestantism and the Later Immigration
749
The Golden Age of Liberal Theology
763
The Social Gospel
785
Dissent and Reaction in Protestantism
805
The Americanism Crisis in the Catholic Church
825
The Protestant Establishment and the New Nativism
842
Crusading Protestantism
857
THE AGE OF FALTERING CRUSADES
873
The Little War and the Great War
877
The Twenties From the Armistice to the Crash
895
The Thirties From the Crash to Pearl Harbor
918
NeoOrthodoxy and Social Crisis
932
World War II and the Postwar Revival
949
TOWARD POSTPURITAN AMERICA
965
TwentiethCentury Judaism
969
The Ancient Eastern Churches in America
985
Roman Catholicism in the Twentieth Century
998
Harmonial Religion since the Later Nineteenth Century
1019
Piety for the Age of Aquarius Theosophy Occultism and NonWestern Religion
1037
Black Religion in the Twentieth Century
1055
The Turbulent Sixties
1079
From the Seventies to the Present by David D Hall
1097
Bibliography
1119
Supplementary Bibliography
1151
Index
1163
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SYDNEY E. AHLSTROM, an eminent scholar of the history of religious thought in America, taught at Yale University for more than thirty years and held the Samuel Knight Chair in American History and Modern Religious History at the time of his death in 1984.

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