Religious Diversity and American Religious History

Studies in Traditions and Cultures

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Pages: 328

Trim size: 6.120in x 9.250in



Pub Date: 01/01/1998

ISBN: 9-780-8203-1918-6

List Price: $34.95


Pub Date: 04/01/2017

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5249-7

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Religious Diversity and American Religious History

Studies in Traditions and Cultures

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The ten essays in this volume explore the vast diversity of religions in the United States, from Judaic, Catholic, and African American to Asian, Muslim, and Native American traditions. Chapters on religion and the South, religion and gender, indigenous sectarian religious movements, and the metaphysical tradition round out the collection.

The contributors examine the past, present, and future of American religion, first orienting readers to historiographic trends and traditions of interpretation in each area, then providing case studies to show their vision of how these areas should be developed. Full of provocative insights into the complexity of American religion, this volume helps us better understand America's religious history and its future challenges and directions.

This book comes along at the time time when 'the center did not hold,' when we are beginning to lose the 'core denominations' and 'mainstream historians' as a reference group. There is much fresh material here.

—Martin E. Marty, author of Religion and the Republic: The American Circumstance

This book is balanced and makes a wonderful collection.

—Charles Lippy, author of Being Religious, American Style: A History of Popular Religiosity in the United States

About the Author/Editor

Walter H. Conser Jr. (Editor)
WALTER H. CONSER JR. is a professor of religious studies, professor of history, and chair of the department of philosophy and religion at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He has written and edited several books, including God and the Natural World: Religion and Science in Antebellum America.

Sumner B. Twiss (Editor)
SUMNER B. TWISS is a professor of religious studies and department chair at Brown University. He has coauthored or coedited four books, including coediting, with Conser, Experience of the Sacred: Readings in the Phenomenology of Religion.