Religion in American Life : A Short History Updated Edition: A Short History Updated Edition (Google eBook)

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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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Contents

Worlds Old and New
xvi
Religion and Missions in New Spain and New France
20
Religion in Englands First Colonies
46
The Flowering of Religious Diversity
70
African and American Indian Religion
90
Reviving Colonial Religion
109
Religion and the American Revolution
131
Prophets for a New Nation
154
Conservers of Tradition
272
Adventurers of the Spirit
290
A New Century
308
The Age of Militancy
322
In God We Trust
339
Religion in the New Frontier
359
Religion in an Age of Upheaval
378
Preachers Politicians and Prodigals
394

Awakeners of the Heart
170
Reformers and Visionaries
184
Restorers of Ancient Ways
199
Sojourners at Home
211
Warriors for God and Region
230
Fashioners of Immigrant Faiths
245
Innovators in a World of New Ideas
260
Religion for the New Millennium
408
EPILOGUE
429
CHRONOLOGY
432
FURTHER READING
436
INDEX
463
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