America's Religions: From Their Origins to the Twenty-first Century

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University of Illinois Press, 2002 - 601 pages
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A survey of religious traditions practiced in the United States as of 2002, covering the religious histories of Africans, American Indians, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Spanish-speakers, and Asians. Includes definitions and pronunciations of religious terms.
 

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Intended as a textbook for beginning students interested in religion in the United States, this volume reads like a catalog lacking thematic or interpretive unity. Williams (religion and American ... Read full review

Contents

Telling Stories
1
The Traditions
11
The Varieties of Native American Religious Life
12
The African Background of New World Religions
23
B The Mediterranean Matrix
28
1 Judaism and the Emergence of Historical Religion
29
From the Religion of the Hebrews to the Restoration of Israel
36
2 Christianity East and West
47
New Religious Movements
220
New World Space and Time Restorationist Millennial and Communitarian Movements
226
New World Revelation Joseph Smith and the Rise of the Mormons
235
The End of the Frontier and the Rise of the City
243
A The Adjustments of Protestantism
245
Protestant Liberalism and the Social Gospel
255
Anglican Renaissance
264
Reactions to Modernity Fundamentalism Holiness Pentecostalism
269

The Roman Catholic Tradition
55
Western Catholicism from the Time of Constantine
64
The Sundering of Western Christendom and the Emergence of the Protestant Traditions
76
The Lutheran Tradition
77
The Anglican Tradition
86
Calvinism and the Reformed Tradition
94
The Radical Reformation and the Anabaptist Tradition
100
Early America Europeans Colonials and Traditional Peoples before the Revolution
103
Colonial Anglicans
105
New England Puritans
107
Presbyterians and Other Reformed Churches
119
The Society of Friends Quakers
128
John Wesley and the Rise of Methodism
135
The Great Awakening and the Baptist Tradition
139
The Origins of Modern Religious Liberalism
148
Anabaptists and Pietists in Pennsylvania
153
Jews and Catholics in Early America
158
Christian Missions to the North American Indians
163
Religious Community Formation in the New Republic
175
A Toward Independence
177
B White Evangelicalism
181
Moral Reform Antislavery and Civil War
190
The Culture of Antebellum Evangelicalism
199
C Alternative Protestant Patterns
208
Religion in the Slave Community
216
Religion in the South
282
European Immigrants
292
Eastern Christianity in America
302
Ethnic Diversity and Denominationalism in American Judaism
308
C Old and New Frontiers
315
Black Nationalism and New Urban Religions
322
Health Wealth and Metaphysics
328
The Twentieth Century Further Encounters with Modernity and Pluralism
343
NeoOrthodoxy and Ecumenism The Foundations of Mainline Protestantism
345
Mainline Protestantism in the Later Twentieth Century
355
Conservative Protestantism Culture and Politics
375
Mormons and the Mainstream
389
Traditions and Structures in the American Jewish Community
398
Jewish Identity and Jewish Culture in TwentiethCentury America
403
Vatican II and the End of the Catholic Ghetto
414
Roman Catholic Education Thought and Culture
421
The Religions of SpanishSpeaking Peoples
431
African American Christianity Eyes on the Prize
440
Islam in the United States
448
Asian Traditions and American Transformations
457
Liberalism Radicalism and Secularism
477
Popular Religion in New Keys
487
Has American Religion Changed during the Past Century?
503
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Peter W. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religion and American Studies at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He is the author of "Popular Religion in America" and "Houses of God,

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