The Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion in America

ISBN : 9780190456160

John Corrigan
2289 Pages
178 x 254 mm
Pub date
Nov 2018
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This encyclopedia consists of a groundbreaking collection of detailed scholarly articles that address a wide range of topics in American religious history and culture, all written by experts in their fields. It is not an amalgam of articles on the traditionally invoked topics that have directed thinking about religion in America. Rather, it is organized in a way that utilizes the most recent categories of scholarly research to identify the crucial themes, events, people, places, and ideas that have constituted the rich history of religion in America. It is arranged in five sections: Space, Religious Ideas, Race and Ethnicity, Public Life, and Empire. In each section, a range of articles address the religious lives of Americans and the institutions, theologies, and social forces that have influenced those lives and given shape to a broad cultural landscape of religion in America.

The articles in each section draw upon scholarship from an assortment of fields. As a result, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion in America is fully interdisciplinary in its approach to religion in America. It is informative about cutting-edge debates not only in the fields of religion and history, but in sociology, geography, philosophy, ethnic studies, literature, and a number of other fields as well. The articles are interconnected in various ways. There are common themes as defined by the section headings, such as space, race, and religious ideas. There are also mutually reinforcing articles on specific topics such as a particular denomination, a distinctive intellectual tradition, gender, class, economics, and immigration. The encyclopedia accordingly is best engaged as a tool that can be read both through and across the categories that organize it. It offers multiple insightful takes on a range of topics and represents the history and culture of religion in America in ways that will both resonate with and challenge the perspectives of readers.


Spatial Approaches to American Religious Studies
Built Spaces
Space, Architecture, and American Religious Diversity
Spatial Strategies of American Megachurches
Freemasonry's Sacred Space in America
Place and Spirituality in the Pacific Northwest
Mormonism and Deseret
Natural Space and Religion in North America
Urban Space and Religion in the United States
Cyberspace and Religion in America
The Black Atlantic and the African Diaspora
Religious Parades and Processions in America
Religious Pilgrimages in the United States
Tourism to Sacred Places in America: A Spatial Analysis
Contest and Controversy
Spatial Politics and American Religious Pluralism
Space and Church-State Controversies in America
The Eruv as Contested Jewish Space in North America
Spatial Constructions of the American Secular
Religious Ideas
God, Humanity, the World, and the Arc of History
Agency, Voluntarism, and Predestination in American Religion
American Narratives of Sin and Salvation
Primitivism in America
Apocalypticism in U.S. History
Ideas of the Afterlife in American Religion
Nature and Religion in America
Science and Religion in America
Religious Practice and Experience
Martyrdom and Religion in North America
Healing and Religion in the United States
Revivals, Awakenings, and Conversion in American Protestantism
Gender, Marriage, and Sexual Purity in American Religious History
Feeling of Emptiness in American Religions
Wealth, Poverty, and Prosperity
Religion, Charity, and Philanthropy in America
Social Christianity in America
The Prosperity Gospel in America
The Making of Outsiders and Insiders in American History
The Idea of Black Religion
Nativism and Religion in America
Religion, Modernity, and Assimilation in America
Moderation in American Religion
Hinduism in America
Politics of Religious Identity
Liberalism in American Religious History
Christian Fundamentalism in America
Zionism in America
The Judeo-Christian and Abrahamic Traditions in America
Atheism in America
Race and Ethnicity
Race and Religion in the United States
Race, Immigration, Ethnicity, and Religion in America
Races, Ethnicities, and Religion
Civil Rights Movements and Religion in America
African Americans and Religion
African American Islam
Asian American Religions
Hispanics and Religion in America
Interracialism and American Christianity
Religions, Race, and Ethnicity
Race and Protestantism in America
Race and Catholicism in American History
Race and American Judaism
Alternative Religious Movements and Race in America
Religion, Race, Ethnicity, and the Rest
Liberation Theologies in America
Race, Class, Religion, and American Citizenship
Race, Culture, and Religion in the American South
Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion in America
Race, Sectionalism, and Religion in America
Race, the Arts, and Religion in America
Race, the Law, and Religion in America
Public Life
The Nation State
Law, the U.S. Supreme Court, and Religion
National Elections and Religion in America
War and Religion in American History
Civil Religion in America
Memorialization and Religion in America
Religious Ceremonies in American Public Life
Social Structures
Gender and Public Religion in America
Race and Religion in U.S. Public Life
Class and Religion in America
The Marketplace and Religion in America
Secularism, Pluralism, and Publics in America
Denomination in American Public Life
Workplace and Religion in America
Social Movements
Social Progressivism and Religion in America
The Religious Right in America
Ecology and Religious Environmentalism in the United States
Cultural Production and Presentation
Popular Culture and Religion in America
Culture, Entertainment, and Religion in America
Music and Religion in American Public Life
Film Regulation and the Church in America
Material Culture and Embodiment in American Religion
Architecture, the Built Environment, and Religion in America
Public Art and Religion in America
Print Media and Religion in America
Online Media and Religion in America
Sports and Religion in America
Missions at Home and Abroad
American Foreign Mission Movement, c. 1800-1860
American Foreign Mission Movement, c. 1870-1920s
American Protestant Foreign Missions after World War II
Settler Colonialism and U.S. Home Missions
Evangelism, Mission, and Crusade in American Religion
U.S. Foreign Relations
U.S. Foreign Policy and Religion
Religion, Anti-Catholicism, and the Mexican-American War
U.S. Foreign Relations and American Religious Liberalism
The Cold War and American Religion
Representation and Resistance
American Religious Empire and the Caribbean
Christianity in Hawai'i
Imperialism, Mission, and Global Power Relations in East Asian Religions in the United States
Islam and the Middle East in the American Imagination
Native American Religions
Native Americans, Law, and Religion in America
Peace Movements and Religion in the United States
Religion and Native American Assimilation, Resistance, and Survival
U.S. Interactions with Islam and Judaism in North Africa
U.S.-Mexico Borderlands and Religion
Imperial Cultures
Bibles and Tracts in Print Culture in America
Commerce, Consumerism, and Christianity in America
Museums, Expositions, and Religion in North America since the 19th Century
Film and Religion in America

About the author: 

John Corrigan is Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor of Religion and Professor of History, Florida State University. He is the author of numerous books on religion in America, religion and emotion, and the spatial humanities. He is the editor of the Chicago History of American Religion book series at the University of Chicago Press and coeditor of the Spatial Humanities book series at Indiana University Press. Among his previous OUP books are The Prism of Piety (1991), Religion and Emotion: Approaches and Interpretations (2004), The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion (2006), and, as coeditor with Amanda Porterfield and Darren Grem, The Business Turn in American Religious History (2015).

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