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Religion in America

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Summary

Religion in Americagives students and teachers a comprehensive yet concise introduction to the changing religious landscape of the United States. Extensively revised and updated, theSixth Editioncontinues to engage students in reflection about religious diversity. The author presents the study of religion within the context of the humanities as a tool for developing understanding and appreciation of communities of faith other than ones own, and for understanding the dynamics at work in religion in the United States today.

Author Biography

Dr. Julia Corbett Hemeyer is Professor of Religious Studies, Emerita, at Ball State University. Since her retirement from classroom teaching in 2004, she is a part time hospital chaplain, and interfaith minister in private practice as a spiritual mentor, meditation teacher, author, and guest speaker. For more information, please visit her website: http://www.ManyPathsInterfaithMinistries.net

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Preliminary Considerations
Introduction: Religious America: Diversity and Freedomp. 1
Studying and Describing Religionp. 7
Why Study Religion?p. 7
Studying Religion as a Part of the Humanitiesp. 8
Describing Religionp. 12
Popular Religionp. 14
Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writingp. 18
For Further Readingp. 18
Relevant World Wide Web Sitesp. 19
Religion in the Life of the United Statesp. 20
Disestablishment and the Constitutionp. 20
By the Numbers: Data on Religious Americap. 23
Religion after 9-11p. 26
Civil Religion and Beyondp. 27
Religion on Campusp. 32
Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writingp. 33
For Further Readingp. 34
Relevant World Wide Web Sitesp. 34
Conflict and Controversyp. 35
Sexual Misconduct by the Clergyp. 36
Gays and Lesbians in Communities of Faithp. 38
Religion and Violence After 9-11p. 42
Religious Expression in a Religiously Diverse Culturep. 50
Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writingp. 56
For Further Readingp. 56
Relevant World Wide Web Sitesp. 56
Christianity in the United States-Commonality and Diversity
The Waning Influence of Mainline Protestantism and the New Evangelical Majorityp. 57
Christian Faith and Practice: Overviewp. 57
Protestant Christianityp. 61
Mainline Protestantismp. 66
Denominational Distinctivenessp. 68
Evangelicals: The New Center in American Protestantismp. 82
Women in Protestantismp. 88
Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writingp. 92
For Further Readingp. 93
Relevant World Wide Web Sitesp. 93
Christianity in American Culture: Diverse Themesp. 94
Evangelical Christianity in American Culture: Three Casesp. 95
Megachurchesp. 98
The Religious-Political Rightp. 100
Separatist Fundamental Christiansp. 106
Holiness Christiansp. 109
Pentecostal Christianityp. 112
Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writingp. 116
For Further Readingp. 117
Relevant World Wide Web Sitesp. 117
Catholic Christianity: Sacramental Communityp. 118
The Distinctiveness of Catholic Christianityp. 120
Additional Distinctive Catholic Beliefsp. 121
Catholic Worship: Word and Sacramentp. 123
Catholic Lifestyles in the United Statesp. 126
The Church as a Social Institutionp. 128
The Second Vatican Council, 1962-1965p. 130
Who Are American Catholics?p. 131
Women in the Catholic Churchp. 135
Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writingp. 138
For Further Readingp. 139
Relevant World Wide Web Sitesp. 139
Ethnic Diversity in Christianity: Two Examplesp. 140
Ethnic Christianityp. 140
Eastern Orthodox Christianityp. 142
Eastern Orthodox Christianity in the United Statesp. 143
African American Christianityp. 151
The Changing Face of Ethnic Christianityp. 165
Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writingp. 166
For Further Readingp. 167
Relevant World Wide Web Sitesp. 167
American-Born Christianitiesp. 168
Overviewp. 168
Latter-day Saintsp. 172
Christian Scientistsp. 183
Seventh-day Adventistsp. 185
Jehovah's Witnessesp. 187
An American Innovationp. 189
Community and Reassurancep. 190
Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writingp. 191
For Further Readingp. 191
Relevant World Wide Web Sitesp. 192
Expanding Diversity
Living a Jewish Life in the United Statesp. 193
Who Is a Jew?p. 193
A Brief Historical Notep. 195
Jews and Christiansp. 196
Principal Beliefs and Practices of Jewish Peoplep. 198
One Judaism, Several Expressionsp. 207
Jewish Womenp. 214
Holocaust, Memory, and Religiousnessp. 216
Anti-Semitismp. 217
Into the Futurep. 219
Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writingp. 220
For Further Readingp. 220
Relevant World Wide Web Sitesp. 221
Muslims in the United States: A Growing Minorityp. 222
Islam, and Islam in the United Statesp. 222
Muhammadp. 223
The Qur'anp. 224
Beliefsp. 224
The Five Pillars of Islamp. 226
Muslims in the United Statesp. 229
Muslim College Studentsp. 232
Muslim Organizationsp. 233
Muslima: Muslim Women in Americap. 234
Islam and Black Americansp. 235
Into the Futurep. 237
Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writingp. 238
For Further Readingp. 238
Relevant World Wide Web Sitesp. 238
Humanism and the Unitarian Universalistsp. 239
What Is Humanism?p. 239
Humanism in the United Statesp. 241
Humanist Organizationsp. 242
Atheism and Agnosticismp. 244
Unitarian Universalistsp. 247
Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writingp. 253
For Further Readingp. 254
Relevant World Wide Web Sitesp. 254
Hindus and Buddhists: Asia Comes to Americap. 255
Hinduism and Hindus in the United Statesp. 256
American Buddhists and Buddhismp. 266
The Call of the Orientp. 280
Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writingp. 282
For Further Readingp. 283
Relevant World Wide Web Sitesp. 283
Other Religious and Spiritual Movementsp. 284
The Religions of the Native Americansp. 284
The New Age Movementp. 289
The Self-Help Movement and Twelve-Step Programsp. 293
Feminist Wiccap. 296
The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churchesp. 301
Religion on the Webp. 302
Satanismp. 303
Christian Identityp. 305
Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writingp. 306
For Further Readingp. 306
Relevant World Wide Web Sitesp. 306
Epilogue: Community and Communicationp. 307
Indexp. 309
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