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The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America



The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

Philip Goff (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-32409-9 March 2010 Wiley-Blackwell 752 Pages


This authoritative and cutting edge companion brings together a team of leading scholars to document the rich diversity and unique viewpoints that have formed the religious history of the United States.
  • A groundbreaking new volume which represents the first sustained effort to fully explain the development of American religious history and its creation within evolving political and social frameworks
  • Spans a wide range of traditions and movements, from the Baptists and Methodists, to Buddhists and Mormons
  • Explores topics ranging from religion and the media, immigration, and piety, though to politics and social reform
  • Considers how American religion has influenced and been interpreted in literature and popular culture
  • Provides insights into the historiography of religion, but presents the subject as a story in motion rather than a snapshot of where the field is at a given moment
Introduction by Philip Goff.

List of Contributors.

Interpreting American Religion.

Surveying Religion in America (Philip Goff, Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis).

Religion in American Society and Culture.

American Revolution (Thomas Kidd, Baylor University).

Borderlands (Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Augustana College).

Church and State (Derek Davis, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor).

Civil Religion (Ira Chernus, University of Colorado).

Class and Labor ((Richard Callahan, University of Missouri).

Denominations (Russell Richey, Emory University).

Economics (James Hudnut-Beumler, Vanderbilt University).

Family (Rebecca Davis, University of Delaware).

Film (Judith Weisenfeld, Princeton University).

Gender (Sarah Johnson, Gustavus Adlophus College).

Health (Christopher White, Vassar College).

Sensory Cultures Material and Visual Religion ((Sally Promey, Yale University and Shira Brisman, Yale University).

Media (Robert Fortner, Calvin College).

Millennialism (Stephen Stein, Indiana University).

Missions (Wilbur Shenk, Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies).

Piety, Practice, and Ritual (Kathryn Lofton, Yale University).

Popular Culture (John Schmalzbauer, Missouri State University).

Race and Ethnicity (Robero Trevino, University of Texas).

Regions (Philip Barlow, Utah State University).

Revivals (Michael McClymond, Saint Louis University).

Science (William Durbin, Washington Theological Union).

Social Reform (Zoe Trodd, UNC-Chapel Hill).

Theology and Beliefs (Robert Brown, James Madison University).

Women (Susanna Morrill, Lewis & Clark College).

Traditions and Movements

American Indians (Tracy Leavelle, Creighton University).

Anabaptists ((David Weaver-Zercher, Messiah College).

Baptists (Paul Harvey, University of Colorado).

Black Church (Sylvester Johnson, Indiana University).

Buddhism (Charles Prebish, Utah State University).

Catholicism to 1945 (Michael Pasquier, Louisiana State University).

Catholicism since 1945 (Philip Gleason, University of Notre Dame).

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (David Whittaker, Brigham Young University).

Eastern Orthodox Christianity (Amy Slagle, University of Southern Mississippi).

Evangelicalism (Darren Dochuk, Purdue University).

Hinduism ((Khyati Joshi, Fairleigh Dickinson University).

Holiness and Pentecostalism ((Jonathan Baer, Wabash College).

Islam (Edward E. Curtis IV, Indiana University-Purdue University).

Judaism (Yaakov Ariel, University of North Carolina))

Lutherans (Susan McCarver, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary).

New and Homegrown Religions (Sean McCloud, University of North Carolina).

Protestant Liberalism (Mark Hulsether, University of Tennessee).

Reformed Protestantism (Darryl Hart).

Wesleyan Tradition (Christopher Evans, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School).

“Overall, the historical synopses, literature reviews, and bibliographic listings contained in the essays of this volume should all prove extremely helpful to serious students of American religious history. Graduate students and scholars alike will find this book to be an accessible and useful entry point into this field of study.”  (Journal of Religious History, 20 January 2014)

“For anyone interested in knowing more about the history and present state of scholarship on religion in America, this is an invaluable work, and the place to begin one’s search.”  (Lutheran Quarterly, 2012)