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Religion in American life [electronic resource] : a short history /
Jon Butler, Grant Wacker, and Randall Balmer.
edition
Updated ed.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
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xiii, 496 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.
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0195333292 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780195333299 (pbk. :alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
isbn
0195333292 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780195333299 (pbk. :alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8179782
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 437-463) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jon Butler is Howard R. Lamar Professor of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Yale University Grant Wacker is Professor of Church History at Duke University Divinity School Randall Balmer is Professor of American Religious History at Barnard College, Columbia University and Visiting Professor of American Religion at Yale University Divinity School
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2002-12-01:
Yet another history of religion in America? And with all the flaws of previous histories? Religion in this book essentially means Protestant Christianity, with a few side glances at Judaism, Catholicism, Native American religion, Islam, and Asian religions. America generally means the United States, except in the Colonial period, when a few references are made to New France in the north and New Spain in the south. In this short history by Butler (Religion in Colonial America), Grant Wacker (Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture), and Randall Balmer (Religion in 20th-Century America), the reader receives a large catalog of data and events that are difficult to place in any pattern of development or interpretation. The authors seem unable to provide an outline of trends or changes that supply a context for understanding this complex history. The classic work is still Sidney Ahlstrom's A Religious History of the American People; to set this story in true pluralistic context, Ahlstrom's book should be read alongside Diana L. Eck's recent and highly regarded A New Religious America. The reader would be better served by these two books than this new one. Not recommended.-James A. Overbeck, Atlanta-Fulton P.L., GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2003-07-01:
Butler (Yale Univ.), Wacker (Duke Univ.), and Balmer (Barnard College) have collaborated on a survey of the history of religion in the US. Each section (early America, 19th century, 20th century) reflects the special emphases of previously written books by these well-known scholars. The division of labor allows for a comprehensive purview incorporating the latest scholarship but results in an uneven treatment of subjects and unnecessary duplication of information. The book is excellent in showing the variety in religions: Native American, Afro-American, Roman Catholic, Judaic, Buddhist, Islamic, mainline Protestant, evangelical and fundamentalist, and Christian and non-Christian sects. The authors stress the significant roles of women and immigrants, but slight formal theology, the role for clergy and ecclesiastical authorities, and--in spite of the title--the impact on daily life of belonging to a religious community. Despite publication by a university press and frequent use of quotations, the book does not provide footnotes to the text; references are provided to sidebar quotes from major religious figures. Even though the authors assume, rather than provide, knowledge of basic Christian beliefs and the Reformation heritage, this book could serve as a well-written and provocative textbook. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers and undergraduates. J. W. Frost emeritus, Swarthmore College
Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Butler, Wacker and Balmer cover centuries of religious history to show the role of religion in American life. Butler traces the progress of religion from the Old World through to the Revolution. Wacker looks at different groups in the 19th century, and Balmer discusses the massive cultural changes of the 20th century.
Main Description
Perhaps surprising in a country without a national church, religion has played a powerful role in American life. Now, in the new paperback edition of Religion in American Life, three of the country's most eminent historians of religion offer a superb overview that spans four centuries, illuminating the rich spiritual heritage central to nearly every event in our nation's history. Jon Butler begins by describing the state of religious affairs in both the Old and New Worlds on the eve of colonization. He traces the progress of religion in the colonies through the time of the American Revolution, covering all the religious groups, Protestants, Jews, and Catholics, as well as the unique religious experiences of Native Americans and African Americans. Grant Wacker continues the story with a fascinating look at the ever-shifting religious landscape of 19th-century America. He focuses on the rapid growth of evangelical Protestants--Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, and others--and their competition for dominance over religions such as Catholicism and Judaism, which continued to increase with large immigrant arrivals from Ireland, Eastern Europe, and other countries. The 20th century saw massive cultural changes. Randall Balmer discusses the effects industrialization, modernization, and secularization had on new and established religions. He examines Protestants, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, New Age believers, Mormons, Buddhists, Roman Catholics, and many more, providing a clear look into the kaleidoscope of religious belief in modern-day America. Religion in American Life is an engrossing look at how religion has changed--and in turn been changed by--the extraordinary events throughout American history.
Main Description
Perhaps surprising in a country without a national church, religion has played a powerful role in American life. Now, in the new paperback edition of Religion in American Life, three of the country's most eminent historians of religion offer a superb overview that spans four centuries,illuminating the rich spiritual heritage central to nearly every event in our nation's history. Jon Butler begins by describing the state of religious affairs in both the Old and New Worlds on the eve of colonization. He traces the progress of religion in the colonies through the time of the American Revolution, covering all the religious groups, Protestants, Jews, and Catholics, as wellas the unique religious experiences of Native Americans and African Americans. Grant Wacker continues the story with a fascinating look at the ever-shifting religious landscape of 19th-century America. He focuses on the rapid growth of evangelical Protestants--Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists,and others--and their competition for dominance over religions such as Catholicism and Judaism, which continued to increase with large immigrant arrivals from Ireland, Eastern Europe, and other countries. The 20th century saw massive cultural changes. Randall Balmer discusses the effectsindustrialization, modernization, and secularization had on new and established religions. He examines Protestants, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, New Age believers, Mormons, Buddhists, Roman Catholics, and many more, providing a clear look into the kaleidoscope of religious belief in modern-day America. Religion in American Life is an engrossing look at how religion has changed--and in turn been changed by--the extraordinary events throughout American history.
Main Description
Perhaps surprising in a country without a national church, religion has played a powerful role in American life. Now, in the new paperback edition ofReligion in American Life, three of the country's most eminent historians of religion offer a superb overview that spans four centuries, illuminating the rich spiritual heritage central to nearly every event in our nation's history. Jon Butler begins by describing the state of religious affairs in both the Old and New Worlds on the eve of colonization. He traces the progress of religion in the colonies through the time of the American Revolution, covering all the religious groups, Protestants, Jews, and Catholics, as well as the unique religious experiences of Native Americans and African Americans. Grant Wacker continues the story with a fascinating look at the ever-shifting religious landscape of 19th-century America. He focuses on the rapid growth of evangelical Protestants--Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, and others--and their competition for dominance over religions such as Catholicism and Judaism, which continued to increase with large immigrant arrivals from Ireland, Eastern Europe, and other countries. The 20th century saw massive cultural changes. Randall Balmer discusses the effects industrialization, modernization, and secularization had on new and established religions. He examines Protestants, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, New Age believers, Mormons, Buddhists, Roman Catholics, and many more, providing a clear look into the kaleidoscope of religious belief in modern-day America. Religion in American Lifeis an engrossing look at how religion has changed--and in turn been changed by--the extraordinary events throughout American history.
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. 71
African and American Indian Religionp. 91
Reviving Colonial Religionp. 110
Religion and the American Revolutionp. 132
Religion in Nineteenth-Century America
Prophets for a New Nationp. 155
Awakeners of the Heartp. 171
Reformers and Visionariesp. 185
Restorers of Ancient Waysp. 200
Sojourners at Homep. 212
Warriors for God and Religionp. 231
Fashioners of Immigrant Faithsp. 246
Innovators in a World of New Ideasp. 261
Conservers of Traditionp. 273
Adventurers of the Spiritp. 291
Religion in Twentieth-Century America
A New Centuryp. 309
The Age of Militancyp. 323
In God We Trustp. 340
Religion in the New Frontierp. 360
Religion in an Age of Upheavalp. 379
Preachers, Politicians, and Prodigalsp. 395
Religion for the New Millenniump. 409
Epiloguep. 430
Chronologyp. 433
Further Readingp. 437
Indexp. 464
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