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This new edition ofReligion in American Life, written by three of the country's most eminent historians of religion, offers a superb overview that spans four centuries, illuminating the rich spiritual heritage central to nearly every event in our nation's history. Revised and updated, the book includes expanded treatment of religion during the Great Depression, of the religious influences on the civil rights movement, and of utopian groups in the 19th century, and it now covers the role of religion during the 2008 presidential election. The volume remarks on the generational divide among evangelicals that manifested itself during the 2008 election and notes how completely the discourse of religion has entered American politics. (When George Romney ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968, his Mormon faith elicited nary a comment. When Romney's son Mitt ran in 2008, his Mormon faith arguably cost him the nomination.) Finally, the book touches on the Ground Zero mosque controversy and uses it as an occasion to underscore the religious pluralism that was characteristic of lower Manhattan in the seventeenth century.
Jon Butler is Howard R. Lamar Professor of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies at Yale University. He is the author of Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People, among other books. Grant Wacker is Professor of Christian History at Duke Divinity School. His books include Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture. Randall Balmer is Professor of American Religious History at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is the author of a dozen books, including Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America.
Table of Contents
|Religion In Colonial America|
|Worlds Old and New||p. 1|
|Religion and Missions in New Spain and New France||p. 21|
|Religion in England's First Colonies||p. 47|
|The Flowering of Religious Diversity||p. 72|
|African and American Indian Religion||p. 92|
|Reviving Colonial Religion||p. 111|
|Religion and the American Revolution||p. 133|
|Religion In Nineteenth-Century America|
|Prophets for a New Nation||p. 155|
|Awakeners of the Heart||p. 171|
|Reformers and Visionaries||p. 186|
|Restorers of Ancient Ways||p. 201|
|Sojourners at Home||p. 213|
|Warriors for God and Religion||p. 232|
|Fashioners of Immigrant Faiths||p. 247|
|Innovators in a World of New Ideas||p. 262|
|Conservers of Tradition||p. 274|
|Adventurers of the Spirit||p. 292|
|Religion In Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century America|
|A New Century||p. 311|
|The Age of Militancy||p. 325|
|In God We Trust||p. 343|
|Religion in the New Frontier||p. 363|
|Religion in an Age of Upheaval||p. 382|
|Preachers, Politicians, and Prodigals||p. 400|
|Coming to Terms with Pluralism||p. 414|
|Religion in the New Millennium||p. 432|
|Further Reading||p. 468|
|Text Credits||p. 500|
|Picture Credits||p. 502|
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