Introducing American Religion

by ;
  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-08-25
  • Publisher: Routledge

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $115.00 Save up to $11.50
  • Rent Book $103.50
    Add to Cart Free Shipping


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.


Introducing American Religionprovides a lively and concise overview of the historical development of religion in the USA. In four parts, Charles Lippy traces the history of American religion from Europe, Native American and African life, through to the age of independence, and on to the late twentieth century up to the present day. The narrative lays particular stress on the development of diversity and pluralism in American religious life. It explores the African American experience through slavery, Roman Catholic and Jewish immigration, political and economic factors, the impact of Latino culture, and the growth of Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as the concept of American civil religion. Introducing American Religionis ideal reading for students wishing to develop a broad understanding of American religious history. Illustrated throughout and featuring quotations from original sources, it includes text boxes, summary charts, study questions, a glossary and lists of further reading and weblinks to aid students with revision. The accompanying website for this book can be found at www/routledge.com/textbooks/9780415448598. Features of the website include a hyperlinked and annotated primary source bibliography (of primary sources named in the book and accompanying page numbers), a list of online audiovisual resources, test questions, a study skills section, PowerPoints on key chapters, additional images, tables and charts of statistics on American religion, links to online libraries and archives, a regularly updated blog.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Prefacep. xii
Religious diversity in the age of colonial conquestp. 1
Native American understanding of religionp. 1
Key elements in African tribal religionsp. 6
Diversity within European Christianityp. 9
European Christian misunderstanding of tribal religious expressionp. 12
Judaism and Islam in the age of colonial conquestp. 13
European settlers increase religious diversityp. 17
The Spanish and French bring Catholicism to North Americap. 17
Varieties of Protestantism in the first English coloniesp. 21
The religious mosaic of early New Englandp. 25
The expanding religious culture of English colonial Americap. 30
The importance of the middle coloniesp. 30
William Penn's experiment in religious diversityp. 32
Maryland and the Carolinas cradle more religious optionsp. 35
The impact of the Evangelical surge and the Enlightenmentp. 37
Religion in an age of revolutionp. 45
Religious challenges in the late colonial periodp. 45
The impact of the American Revolution on religious lifep. 48
Legal moves in the era of independencep. 52
The denominations and the explosion of diversityp. 55
Native Americans and African Americans challenge religious lifep. 61
Early English colonists, Native Americans, and African slavesp. 61
Evangelical missionary efforts among African Americans and Native Americans Revolution and revitalizationp. 68
Evangelical Americap. 75
Evangelicalism's harvest time: the frontier camp meetingp. 75
Revivalism cements the evangelical style on American Protestantismp. 79
Evangelical Protestants and the erosion of Calvinismp. 81
The evangelical vision of a moral societyp. 85
Religious experimentation brings more diversityp. 91
Recapturing original Christianityp. 91
Bringing heaven to earthp. 95
The adventist impulsep. 98
Exploring new religious worldsp. 102
Catholic and Jewish growth stretch diversityp. 108
Catholics in the new American nationp. 108
Immigration spurs rapid Catholic expansionp. 110
Catholic doubts about America amid nativist backlashp. 113
Jews find a home in Americap. 117
Ethnicity's impact on American religionp. 120
The impact of Civil War and regionalismp. 123
Debates about slavery spur regional religious consciousnessp. 123
The Civil War as a moral and religious eventp. 127
Regions impact in larger perspectivep. 130
Other facets of religion and regionp. 134
Immigrants, industries, and citiesp. 137
The United States becomes an urban, industrial nationp. 137
Immigrants and in-migrants reshape traditionsp. 139
Diverse Protestant responses to an urbanizing nationp. 146
Ethnicity, gender, and reform in urban Americap. 150
Other dimensions of urbanizing Americap. 154
American religions encounter world religionsp. 154
Gender issues add new dimensions to American religionp. 159
New currents among Native American tribal religionsp. 164
Bible conferences and summer retreats offer relief from urban lifep. 167
Modernity brings more changep. 172
New intellectual approaches challenge traditional thoughtp. 173
Fundamentalism's impact on American Protestantismp. 176
Other intellectual currents bring more variety in beliefp. 179
Pentecostal stirrings enrich religious lifep. 182
Reaction and retreatp. 187
Prohibition as social reform and as a reaction to diversityp. 188
Growing intolerance reflects fears of a pluralistic culturep. 190
The vision of a reborn Klanp. 193
Communications media move in new directionsp. 196
Quests for unity amid diversityp. 201
Depression and another world war complicate religious lifep. 201
A righteous nation confronts "godless" communismp. 205
Other efforts to promote common identityp. 207
Cracks start to erode the veneer of unityp. 211
The "new pluralism" of the later twentieth centuryp. 217
New religious movements spark interest and fearp. 218
The new immigration and growing religious pluralismp. 220
The courts wrestle with pluralismp. 226
Pluralisms impact on spirituality and worshipp. 228
The many faces of pluralism in postmodern Americap. 233
Postmodernism brings other dimensions of pluralismp. 234
A resurgent evangelicalism brings more diversityp. 236
Public issues reveal moral differencesp. 241
The many, changing faces of religious pluralismp. 244
Glossaryp. 249
Resourcesp. 257
Indexp. 259
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review