America s Religions Book

America s Religions


  • Author : Peter W. Williams
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1990
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 524
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105023109296

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In a review in the Journal of Religion, the famed Martin Marty characterized Peter Williams as "a productive wonder" and Americas Religions: Traditions and Cultures as "a rich resource for readers who would like a state of the art comment on the abundant religious phenomena which surround them". Writing in Religion and American Culture, Stephen J. Stein said the book is "not a story of religion in isolation from the rest of American life", but a work that has as a major emphasis the theme of Americanization, of the symbiotic relationship between religions and cultures. Williamss book widely considered the best of its kind, is a comprehensive introduction to the religious history of the United States and the traditions out of which it arose, from colonial times through the late twentieth century. Now including an updated bibliography, it presents descriptions of major religious traditions and introduces distinctive American innovations. Included are not only Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, but African American, Native American, and Asian American traditions. The peace churches, "liberal" churches, and Mormonism also are discussed.

Mexican American Religions Book

Mexican American Religions


  • Author : Brett Hendrickson
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-09-30
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 234
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000441529

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Mexican American Religions Excerpt :

Mexican American Religions is a concise introduction to the religious life of Mexican American people in the United States. This accessible volume uses historical narrative to explore the complex religious experiences and practices that have shaped Mexican American life in North America. It addresses the religious impact of U.S. imperial expansion into formerly Mexican territory and examines how religion intertwines with Mexican and Mexican American migration into and within the United States. This book also delves into the particularities and challenges faced by Mexican American Catholics in the United States, the development and spread of Mexican American Protestantism and Pentecostalism, and a growing religious diversity. Topics covered include: Mesoamerican religions Iberian religion and colonial evangelization of New Spain The Colonial era Religion in the Mexican period The U.S.-Mexican War and the racialization of Mexican American religion Mexican migration and the Catholic Church Mexican American Protestants Mexican American Evangelical and Charismatic Christianity Mexican American Catholics in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries Curanderismo Religion and Mexican American civil rights Pilgrimage and borderland connections Mexican American Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, and Secularism Mexican American Religions provides an overview of this incredibly diverse community and its ongoing cultural contribution. Ideal for students and scholars approaching the topic for the first time, the book includes sections in each chapter that focus on Mexican American religion in practice.

Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions Book

Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions


  • Author : Henri Gooren
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2019-08-12
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 1665
  • ISBN 10 : 331927077X

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Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions Excerpt :

This encyclopedia provides an overview of the main religions of Latin America and the Caribbean, both its centralized transnational expressions and its local variants and schisms. These main religions include (but are not limited to) the major expressions of Christianity (Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Pentecostalism, Mormonism, and Jehovah’s Witnesses), indigenous religions (Native American, Maya religion), syncretic Christianity (including Afro-Brazilian religions like Umbanda and Candomblé and Afro-Caribbean religions like Vodun and Santería), other world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam), transnational New Religious Movements (Scientology, Unification Church, Hare Krishna, New Age, etc.), and new local religions (Brazil’s Igreja Universal, La Luz del Mundo from Mexico, etc.).

Asian American Religions Book

Asian American Religions


  • Author : Tony Carnes
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2004-05
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 412
  • ISBN 10 : 9780814716304

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Redraws old definitions of what it means to be religious and Asian American.

American Religion Book

American Religion


  • Author : Mark A. A. Chaves
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-08-29
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 172
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691177564

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The most authoritative resource on religious trends in America—now fully updated Most Americans say they believe in God, and more than a third say they attend religious services every week. Yet studies show that people do not really go to church as often as they claim, and it is not always clear what they mean when they tell pollsters they believe in God or pray. American Religion presents the best and most up-to-date information about religious trends in the United States, in a succinct and accessible manner. This sourcebook provides essential information about key developments in American religion since 1972, and is the first major resource of its kind to appear in more than two decades. Mark Chaves looks at trends in diversity, belief, involvement, congregational life, leadership, liberal Protestant decline, and polarization. He draws on two important surveys: the General Social Survey, an ongoing survey of Americans' changing attitudes and behaviors, begun in 1972; and the National Congregations Study, a survey of American religious congregations across the religious spectrum. Chaves finds that American religious life has seen much continuity in recent decades, but also much change. He challenges the popular notion that religion is witnessing a resurgence in the United States—in fact, traditional belief and practice is either stable or declining. Chaves examines why the decline in liberal Protestant denominations has been accompanied by the spread of liberal Protestant attitudes about religious and social tolerance, how confidence in religious institutions has declined more than confidence in secular institutions, and a host of other crucial trends. Now with updated data and a new preface by the author, this revised edition provides essential information about key developments in American religion since 1972, plainly showing that religiosity is declining in America.

The American Religion Book
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The American Religion


  • Author : Harold Bloom
  • Publisher : Chu Hartley Pub Llc
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 305
  • ISBN 10 : 0978721004

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In this fascinating work of religious criticism, Harold Bloom examines a number of American-born faiths: Pentecostalism, Mormonism, Seventh-day Adventism, Christian Science, Jehovah's Witnesses, Southern Baptism and Fundamentalism, and African American spirituality. He traces the distinctive features of American religion while asking provocative questions about the role religion plays in American culture and in each American's concept of his or her relationship to God. Bloom finds that our spiritual beliefs provide an exact portrait of our national character.

Encyclopedia of American Religions Book

Encyclopedia of American Religions


  • Author : J. Gordon Melton
  • Publisher : Gale Cengage
  • Release Date : 1996
  • Genre: Cults
  • Pages : 1210
  • ISBN 10 : 0810377144

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Encyclopedia of American Religions Excerpt :

"Compact, clearly printed, and a delight to use. A sine qua non for the reference collections of public, academic, and theological libraries". -- American Reference Books Annual New Edition Your patrons will find this resource comprehensive as well as compelling, with coverage on more than 2,100 North American religious groups in the U.S. and Canada -- from Adventists to Zen Buddhists. Information on these groups is presented in two distinct sections. These sections contain essays and directory listings that describe the historical development of religious families and give factual information about each group within those families, including, when available, rubrics for membership figures, educational facilities and periodicals. This new 5th edition also includes more than 200 new entries in the directory portion, and a new chapter on the Interfaith and Ecumenical family. In addition, numerous indexes help users quickly find the information they're seeking.

Mexican American Religions Book

Mexican American Religions


  • Author : Gastón Espinosa
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release Date : 2008-07-08
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 460
  • ISBN 10 : 0822341190

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Mexican American Religions Excerpt :

A multidisciplinary collection of essays examining the influence of Mexican American religion on Mexican American literature, art, politics, and popular culture.

Introducing American Religion Book

Introducing American Religion


  • Author : Charles H. Lippy
  • Publisher : JBE Online Books
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Electronic books
  • Pages : 291
  • ISBN 10 : 9780980163353

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Teaching African American Religions Book

Teaching African American Religions


  • Author : Carolyn M. Jones
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2005-07-14
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 0198037503

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Teaching African American Religions Excerpt :

The variety and complexity of its traditions make African American religion one of the most difficult topics in religious studies to teach to undergraduates. The sheer scope of the material to be covered is daunting to instructors, many of whom are not experts in African American religious traditions, but are called upon to include material on African American religion in courses on American Religious History or the History of Christianity. Also, the unfamiliarity of the subject matter to the vast majority of students makes it difficult to achieve any depth in the brief time allotted in the survey courses where it is usually first encountered. The essays in this volume will supply functional, innovative ways to teach African American religious traditions in a variety of settings.

Latin American Religions Book

Latin American Religions


  • Author : Manuel Vazquez
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2008-08-03
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780814767313

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Latin American Religions Excerpt :

Before Columbus, the Americas were populated by many indigenous cultures, with a great diversity of religions. After 1492, European governments and churches dominated religious life. While Roman Catholicism was the official religion, great religious hybridization occurred, mixing European, indigenous, and often African traditions into distinctly New World forms. Latin American Religions provides an introduction through documents to the historical development and contemporary expressions of religious life in South and Central America, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. A central feature of this text is its inclusion of both primary and secondary materials, including letters, sermons, journal entries, ritual manuals, and ancient sacred texts. These documents provide readers with direct access to the voices of adherents, enabling them to act as academic investigators, experiencing and interpreting the same texts on which historians draw. The documents are framed by substantive introductions which provide both historical context and theoretical insights for the study of these religions traditions and the ways in which they have developed over time. From the religious traditions of the Mayas and Aztecs and of the African diaspora, to official and popular Catholicism, to liberation theology, the rise of Pentecostalism, and emerging trends and new religious movements in Latin America, this new work offers a concise overview of this fascinating field.

Encyclopedia of African American Religions Book
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Encyclopedia of African American Religions


  • Author : Larry G. Murphy
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-11-20
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135513382

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Encyclopedia of African American Religions Excerpt :

Preceded by three introductory essays and a chronology of major events in black religious history from 1618 to 1991, this A-Z encyclopedia includes three types of entries: * Biographical sketches of 773 African American religious leaders * 341 entries on African American denominations and religious organizations (including white churches with significant black memberships and educational institutions) * Topical articles on important aspects of African American religious life (e.g., African American Christians during the Colonial Era, Music in the African American Church)

African American Religions  1500   2000 Book

African American Religions 1500 2000


  • Author : Sylvester A. Johnson
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-08-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 437
  • ISBN 10 : 9780521198530

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A rich account of the long history of Black religion from the dawn of Western colonialism to the rise of the national security paradigm.

American Religions and the Family Book

American Religions and the Family


  • Author : Don S. Browning
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231138000

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American Religions and the Family Excerpt :

Religions respond to capitalism, democracy, industrialization, feminism, individualism, and the phenomenon of globalization in a variety of ways. Some religions conform to these challenges, if not capitulate to them; some critique or resist them, and some work to transform the modern societies they inhabit. In this unique collection of critical essays, scholars of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Native American thought explore the tension between modernization and the family, sexuality, and marriage traditions of major religions in America. Contributors examine how various belief systems have confronted changing attitudes regarding the meaning and purpose of sex, the definition of marriage, the responsibility of fathers, and the status of children. They also discuss how family law in America is beginning to acknowledge certain religious traditions and how comparative religious ethics can explain and evaluate diverse family customs. Studies concerning the impact of religious thought and behavior on American society have never been more timely or important. Recent global events cannot be fully understood without comprehending how belief systems function and the many ways they can be employed to the benefit and detriment of societies. Responding to this critical need, American Religions and the Family presents a comprehensive portrait of religious cultures in America and offers secular society a pathway for appreciating religious tradition.