Encyclopedia of Religion in America, Volume 1

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Charles H. Lippy, Peter W. Williams
SAGE Publications, 2010 - Political Science - 2792 pages

A multidisciplinary examination of religion in American life

Encyclopedia of Religion in America examines how religious history and practices are woven into the political, social, cultural, and historical landscape of North America. This authoritative four-volume reference work explains the origins, development, adaptation, influence, and interrelations of the many faiths practiced, including major world religions, new religious sects, cults, and religious movements that originated or had an influence in the United States.

Edited by well-known experts in the field, the Encyclopedia covers all the significant religious denominations and movements that have originated or flourished in North America, from the beginning of European settlement to the present day. The broad multidisciplinary coverage includes the religious life of indigenous peoples, specific aspects of religious life, and the relationship of political, social, economic, and cultural spheres.

Topics include:

  • Religion as an influential force in the U.S.
  • Methods of worship
  • Religion and politics
  • Homosexuality and religion
  • African American religion
  • Arts and architecture
  • Church-state issues
  • Education
  • Environment and ecology
  • Ethnicity
  • Evangelicals
  • Faiths
  • Gay and lesbian issues
  • Historical overviews
  • Immigration
  • Media (new and old)
  • Megachurches
  • Movements and denominations
  • New religious movements
  • Popular religion and culture
  • Race and racism
  • Religious thought
  • Religious Right
  • Rites
  • Role of women
  • Terrorism and war

Encyclopedia of Religion in America is an essential resource for students and scholars researching issues in a wide variety of social science disciplines, from American history to cultural studies, political science, gender studies, psychology of religion, and more. It reflects new scholarly research and interpretation that have emerged over the last two decades, as well as significant new areas of study, such as post-9/11 America, the role of gays and lesbians in church, gender, and the role of the evangelicals in American political life.

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Contents

Abolitionism and Antislavery
1
Mexico
10
Adventism and Millenarian Movements
12
Adventist and Millennialist Denominational Families
21
MethodistsWesleyan Tradition
25
From the Civil War
35
PostCivil Rights Era
43
African Traditional Religions
51
FaithBased Community Organizations 819
502
Death and Burial Practices
517
Death of God Theology
522
Deism
526
Demographics
531
Denominationalism
541
Devotionalism
551
Disciples of Christ
558

Communitarian Societies and Movements
58
Colonial Era 1375
62
Through the Nineteenth Century 1346
74
Since the Nineteenth Century 1354
103
Reformed Tradition
117
MormonsLatterday Saints
126
Liberal Religious Movements
131
Region and Regionalism
135
Architecture
142
Asian Religions
149
Early America
156
The European Protestant Background
163
Jewish
169
Reconstructionist 1141
175
New Religious Movements
181
Roman Catholic
194
Atheism Agnosticism and Disbelief
203
Atlantic World
213
African American
224
1954
281
Book of Mormon
310
California and the Pacific Rim Region
329
Spirituality and Devotionalism
333
Frontier and Borderlands 870
336
Aboriginal Traditions
353
Anglicans in Colonial and Revolutionary America
360
PreContact 1514
439
Bioethics 302
483
Dispensationalism
564
Visual Arts and Material Culture
1
Baháí 221
3
The South as Region 2117
8
FaithBased Initiatives 824
10
Tourism and Pilgrimage 2197
13
Music
15
Eastern Orthodox Tradition and Heritage 577
19
Enlightenment 693
21
Feminism 827
23
Holocaust 1027
31
Idealist Philosophy 1037
32
Liberation Theology 1221
38
1514
47
NeoOrthodoxy 1533
48
2399
49
Postmodernism 1737
54
Women 2300
55
Muslim 175
56
Reformed Denominational Family 1838
57
New Religious Movements 181
62
Social Forces and Movements
63
Zen Buddhism
64
Harmonialism and Metaphysical Religion 937
71
Harmonialism and Metaphysical Religion 937
73
Zionism 2402
74
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About the author (2010)

is the LeRoy A. Martin Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A past president of the American Society of Church History, he has written or edited more than 20 books on American religious life. His most recentis Introducing American Religion, which appeared in 2009.

Charles H. Lippy is the LeRoy A. Martin Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A past president of the American Society of Church History, he has written or edited more than 20 books on American religious life. His most recent is Introducing American Religion, which appeared in 2009.

Peter W. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religion and American Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A past president of the American Society of Church History, he is the author of several books and editor of a number of reference sets, including the Encyclopedia of the American Religious Experience (with Charles H. Lippy, 1988).

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