9780801027222

American Church Experience : A Concise History

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  • ISBN13:

    9780801027222

  • ISBN10:

    0801027225

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-05-01
  • Publisher: Baker Academic

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Summary

How did the American church begin, and how did it evolve to meet changing needs? This readable survey traces the story of Christianity in America beginning with the first settlers, who came to the New World seeking religious freedom. The book then proceeds to the founding of the United States, the Revolution, the Civil War, and finally the tumultuous decades of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Along the way, the authors show that Christians have played a pivotal role in every significant social movement in America, from the abolition of slavery to the push for civil rights. They also discuss current topics such as pluralism, church-state separation, and the role of minorities in American churches.

Author Biography

Richard V. Pierard is professor of history emeritus of Indiana State University and scholar in residence at Gordon College.

Table of Contents

Preface 9(6)
Part 1 The Old World Heritage
1 Christianity as a World Faith
15(10)
2 The English Reformation
25(8)
Part 2 Colonial Foundations (1607-1783)
3 Church Planting on the Atlantic Seaboard
33(12)
4 Rekindling the Spiritual Vision
45(10)
5 The Church in the Midst of Revolution
55(12)
Part 3 The Nationalization and Expansion of the Churches (1784-1860)
6 New Churches for a New Society
67(10)
7 The Second Awakening
77(8)
8 Envisioning a Christian Social Order
85(12)
9 Diversity in Religious Life
97
Part 4 Disruption, Devotion, and Debate (1861-1916)
10 Following the Faith in a Divided Nation
109(10)
11 Evangelical Initiatives
119(10)
12 The Old Religion Reacts to New Ideas
129(12)
13 Churches in the Gilded Age
141(10)
14 International Engagement and Mission
151(12)
Part 5 The Churches in a Pluralistic Society (1917-Present)
15 War, Prosperity, and Depression
163(12)
16 World War II and Religious Change
175(14)
17 Unity and Service at Home and Abroad
189(10)
18 Tradition under Fire
199(10)
19 Urban Migration and Civil Rights
209(8)
20 From the Bicentennial to the New Millennium
217(20)
Epilogue 237(4)
Bibliography 241(32)
Index 273

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