Religion in American Life: A Short History

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Accessible and wide-ranging, Religion in American Life illuminates the rich spiritual heritage central to nearly every event in American 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 in the colonies: Protestants, Jews, 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, New Age believers, Mormons, Buddhists, Roman Catholics, and many more, providing a clear look into the kaleidoscope of religious belief in modern-day America

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Jon Butler is William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies and History and professor of religion and chair of the history department at Yale University. His books include Becoming America: the Revolution Before 1776, Religion in Colonial America (OUP, 2000), and Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People.
Grant Wacker is Professor of Church History at Duke University Divinity School. He is the author of Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture, Religion in Nineteenth Century America (OUP, 2000), and Pentecostal Currents in American Protestantism.
Randall Balmer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at Barnard College. He is the author of Religion in Twentieth Century America (OUP, 2001), Grant Us Courage: Travels Along the Mainline of American Protestantism (OUP, 1996), Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America (OUP, 1993), and A Perfect Babel of Confusion: Dutch Religion and English Culture in the Middle Colonies (OUP, 1989). In addition, Randall Balmer has worked in TV media. His credits include: "In the Beginning": The Creationist Controversy (writer and presenter, two 60-minute programs for PBS), Crusade: The Life of Billy Graham (executive producer, writer, and presenter, 60-minute documentary for PBS), Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory (writer and presenter, three-part documentary for PBS).

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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
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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