A Nation of Behavers

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 15, 1980 - Religion - 247 pages
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"National Book Award-winning author and historian Martin E. Marty's A Nation of Behavers is a characteristically perceptive new map of American religion. . . . Marty's years of astute observation of America's religious trends and developments have yielded six informal but clearly defined clusters around which people attempt to find not only basic group identity but also some kind of power. Anyone concerned about belief and its manifestations will be immensely aided by Marty's cogent comments on recent religious happenings."—Commonweal

"This is a book for everyone, more than for the scholar of American religion. . . . Its value is in breadth of vision and new interpretation."—Dean R. Hoge, Theology Today

"As a means of making sense out of the potpourri of competing groups that compose religious America today, A Nation of Behavers is a first-rate tool."—Edward A. Fiske, New York Times

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Mapping Group Identity and Social Location
History and Religious Social Behavior
Mainline Religion
Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism
PentecostalCharismatic Religion
The New Religions
Ethnic Religion
Civil Religion
Epilogue Mapping the American Future

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About the author (1980)

Martin E. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Modern Christianity at the University of Chicago. Among his many books are the 1972 National Book Award winner, Righteous Empire: The Protestant Experience in America, and Pilgrims in Their Own Land: 500 Years of Religion in America. He is also the author of Modern American Religion, Volume I: The Irony of It All, 1893-1919, published by the University of Chicago Press. The recipient of numerous honorary degrees, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and past President of the American Society of Church History, the American Catholic Historical Association, and the American Academy of Religion.

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