Religion in American Life: A Short History (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199832699

Jon Butler; Grant Wacker; Randall H. Balmer
576 Pages
143 x 209 mm
Pub date
Oct 2011
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"Quite ambitious, tracing religion in the United States from European colonization up to the 21st century.... The writing is strong throughout."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"One can hardly do better than Religion in American Life.... A good read, especially for the uninitiated. The initiated might also read it for its felicity of narrative and the moments of illumination that fine scholars can inject even into stories we have all heard before. Read it."--Church History
This new edition of Religion 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. Beginning with the state of religious affairs in both the Old and New Worlds on the eve of colonization and continuing through to the present, the book covers all the major American religious groups, from Protestants, Jews, and Catholics to Muslims, Hindus, Mormons, Buddhists, and New Age believers. 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, observing how completely religion has entered American politics.


Chapter 1: Worlds Old and New
Chapter 2: Religion and Missions in New Spain and New France
Chapter 3: Religion in England's First Colonies
Chapter 4: The Flowering of Religious Diversity
Chapter 5: African and American Indian Religion
Chapter 6: Reviving Colonial Religion
Chapter 7: Religion and the American Revolution
RELIGION IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA Grant Wacker Chapter 8: Prophets for a New Nation
Chapter 9: Awakeners of the Heart
Chapter 10: Reformers and Visionaries
Chapter 11: Restorers of Ancient Ways
Chapter 12: Sojourners at Home
Chapter 13: Warriors for God and Religion
Chapter 14: Fashioners of Immigrant Faiths
Chapter 15: Innovators in a World of New Ideas
Chapter 16: Conservers of Tradition
Chapter 17: Adventurers of the Spirit
Chapter 18: A New Century
Chapter 19: The Age of Militancy
Chapter 20: In God We Trust
Chapter 21: Religion in the New Frontier
Chapter 22: Religion in an Age of Upheaval
Chapter 23: Preachers, Politicians, and Prodigals
Chapter 24: Coming to Terms with Pluralism
Chapter 25: Religion in the New Millennium
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Jon Butler is Howard R. Lamar Professor of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies at Yale University. He is the author of Power, Authority, and the Origins of American Denominational Authority; The Huguenots in America: A Refugee People in New World Society; Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People; and Becoming America: The Revolution Before 1776, and, with Harry S. Stout, editor of Religion in American History: A Reader. 
Grant Wacker is Professor of Christian History at Duke Divinity School and Director of the Graduate Program in Religion at Duke University. He received his B.A. from Stanford University and Ph.D. from Harvard University. His publications include Augustus H. Strong and the Dilemma of Historical Consciousness and Heaven Below: Pentecostals and American Culture. From 1997 to 2002 was a senior editor of the quarterly journal Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture. In 2008 he served as president of the American Society of Church History.
Randall Balmer is Professor of American Religious History at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is the author of a dozen books, including A Perfect Babel of Confusion: Dutch Religion and English Culture in the Middle Colonies; Protestantism in America; and God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush. His second book, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, now in its fourth edition, was made into an award-winning three-part documentary for PBS.

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