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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Contents

Mapping Group Identity and Social Location
1
History and Religious Social Behavior
18
Mainline Religion
52
Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism
80
PentecostalCharismatic Religion
106
The New Religions
126
Ethnic Religion
158
Civil Religion
180
Epilogue Mapping the American Future
204
Notes
207
Index
229
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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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