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Religion in American Life A Short History



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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.

Author Biography

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

Prefacep. xi
Religion In Colonial America
Worlds Old and Newp. 1
Religion and Missions in New Spain and New Francep. 21
Religion in England's First Coloniesp. 47
The Flowering of Religious Diversityp. 72
African and American Indian Religionp. 92
Reviving Colonial Religionp. 111
Religion and the American Revolutionp. 133
Religion In Nineteenth-Century America
Prophets for a New Nationp. 155
Awakeners of the Heartp. 171
Reformers and Visionariesp. 186
Restorers of Ancient Waysp. 201
Sojourners at Homep. 213
Warriors for God and Religionp. 232
Fashioners of Immigrant Faithsp. 247
Innovators in a World of New Ideasp. 262
Conservers of Traditionp. 274
Adventurers of the Spiritp. 292
Religion In Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century America
A New Centuryp. 311
The Age of Militancyp. 325
In God We Trustp. 343
Religion in the New Frontierp. 363
Religion in an Age of Upheavalp. 382
Preachers, Politicians, and Prodigalsp. 400
Coming to Terms with Pluralismp. 414
Religion in the New Millenniump. 432
Epiloguep. 443
Chronologyp. 446
Further Readingp. 468
Acknowledgmentsp. 497
Text Creditsp. 500
Picture Creditsp. 502
Indexp. 50
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