Religions of America

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 15, 1975 - Religion - 672 pages
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This fascinating new book reflects the results of the turmoil and change in the religions of America since Leo Rosten first wrote about them.
The first section consists of nineteen articles by distinguished men, each one a recognized authority on the creed for which he speaks, setting forth the clear and candid stories of our own faiths and those of our neighbors. All religions are covered, from the major established groups to the "charismatic" cults. There are also chapters about the agnostic, the non-churchgoer and what he believes, and the scientist. A multitude of questions are raised and answered, such as: What percent of ministers profess they no longer believe in God? In which leading church can homosexuals be married? How many priests condone birth control devices? Abortions? Which faiths feel what way about intermarriage? Divorce? Have churches that participated in social activism in the 1960s gained or lost in their membership and their finances? Have the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches significantly changed their 400-year-old schism?
Part Two is the Almanac, a massive compendium that is more complete and far-ranging than any other existing one, with the statistics, public opinion polls, basic documents, sociological résumés and psychological analyses of the role, conflicts, influences and trends that characterize religion in the United States today. These basic authoritative facts and figures are accompanied by the author's own essays and comments on material that is rarely subjected to critical examination. There is also a Glossary of religious terminology.
Those familiar with Leo Rosten's A Guide to the Religions of America (1955) and his Religions in America (1963) need not be told of the extraordinary reception both volumes received from the reviewers and the public. They were acclaimed by theologians of all faiths. Each book sold hundreds of thousands of copies. But this new Religions of America renders those two volumes entirely out of date. There is no other book even remotely comparable to it.
  

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Review: Religions of America: Ferment and Faith in an Age of Crisis: A New Guide and Almanac

User Review  - Wayne S. - Goodreads

Originally a series of article in Look Magazine, this book came to me along with the rest of my grandfather's library after he died. It is divided into two main parts. The first twenty chapters are ... Read full review

Review: Religions of America: Ferment and Faith in an Age of Crisis: A New Guide and Almanac

User Review  - Pisces19 - Goodreads

This was a pretty decent overview of several of the major religions in America, but it is a bit dated, leaving the second half essentially useless information. It was useful and somewhat helpful but in need of major revision. Read full review

Contents

WHAT IS A METHODIST?
170
WHAT IS A MORMON?
186
WHAT IS A PRESBYTERIAN?
200
WHAT IS A QUAKER?
213
WHAT IS A SEVENTHDAY ADVENTIST?
244
WHAT IS A UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST?
263
WHAT IS THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST?
277
WHAT IS AN AGNOSTIC?
284
THE CLERGY
458
DENOMINATIONS AND THEIR FAMILY
477
DIVORCE AND RELIGION
488
HISTORY HOPES
495
EDUCATION IN RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS IN
512
POLLS
522
FEDERAL AID TO EDUCATION
529
THE CHURCHES
540

THE RELIGION OF A SCIENTIST
296
PART TWO ALMANAC
307
THE GROWTH OR DECLINE
324
V BELIEF IN GOD
337
THE BIBLE
345
BIBLE READING IN THE UNITED STATES
354
BLACK AMERICANS AND THE CHURCHES
374
FACTS OPINIONS TRENDS
386
CHURCH ATTENDANCE IN THE UNITED
431
SEVENTYNINE
437
INTERMARRIAGESTATISTICS OPINIONS
549
JEWS
564
RECENT CRISES
587
POLITICS AND RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION
598
Highlights
615
Religious Affiliation of Justices of the Supreme
622
Church Attendance
628
Glossary of Religious Terms
637
RELIGION IN U S HISTORY
647
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