Religion and American Culture

Religion and American Culture

Author: David G. Hackett

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 041594273X

Category: Religion

Page: 550

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Religion and American Culture challenges the religion's traditional emphasis on older European, American, male, middle-class, Protestant, northeastern narratives concerned primarily with churches and theology. Breaking through the field with multicultural tales of Native American, African Americans and other groups that cut across boundaries of gender, class, religion and region, David Hackett's anthology offers an illuminating and comprehensive overview of the most exciting work currently underway in this field.

Themes in Religion and American Culture

Themes in Religion and American Culture

Author: Philip Goff

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807875821

Category: Religion

Page: 400

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Designed to serve as an introduction to American religion, this volume is distinctive in its approach: instead of following a traditional narrative, the book is arranged thematically. Eleven chapters by top scholars present, in carefully organized and accessible fashion, topics and perspectives fundamental to the understanding of religion in America. Some of the chapters treat aspects of faith typical to most religious groups, such as theology, proselytization, supernaturalism, and cosmology. Others deal with race, ethnicity, gender, the state, economy, science, diversity, and regionalism--facets of American culture that often interact with religion. Each topical essay is structured chronologically, divided into sections on pre-colonial, colonial, revolutionary and early republican, antebellum, postbellum and late nineteenth-century, early twentieth-century, and modern America. One can study the extended history of a certain theme, or read "across" the book for a study of all the themes during a specific period in history. This book's new approach offers a rich analysis of the genuine complexity of American religious life. With a helpful glossary of basic religious terms, movements, people, and groups, this book will become an essential tool for students and teachers of religion. Contributors: Yvonne Chireau, Swarthmore College Amy DeRogatis, Michigan State University William Durbin, Washington Theological Union Tracy Fessenden, Arizona State University James German, State University of New York, Potsdam Philip Goff, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis Paul Harvey, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Sue Marasco, Vanderbilt University Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, University of Chicago Divinity School Roberto Trevino, University of Texas, Arlington David Weaver-Zercher, Messiah College

Religion and American Culture

Religion and American Culture

Author: George M. Marsden

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9781467451390

Category: Religion

Page: 446

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While Americans still profess to be one of the most religious people in the industrialized world, many aspects of American culture have long been secular and materialistic. That is just one of the many paradoxes, contradictions, and surprises in the relationship between Christianity and American culture. In this book George Marsden, a leading historian of American Christianity and award-winning author, tells the story of that relationship in a concise and thought-provoking way. Surveying the history of religion and American culture from the days of the earliest European settlers right up through the elections of 2016, Marsden offers the kind of historically and religiously informed scholarship that has made him one of the nation’s most respected and decorated historians. Students in the classroom and history readers of all ages will benefit from engaging with the story Marsden tells.

Religion and Sports in American Culture

Religion and Sports in American Culture

Author: Jeffrey Scholes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135121358

Category: Religion

Page: 168

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Religion and Sports in American Culture explores the relationship between religion and modern sports in America. Whether found in the religious purpose of ancient Olympic Games, in curses believed to plague the Chicago Cubs, or in the figure of Tim Tebow, religion and sports have been and are still tightly intertwined. While there is widespread suspicion that sports are slowly encroaching on the territory historically occupied by religion, Scholes and Sassower assert that sports are not replacing religion and that neither is sports a religion. Instead, the authors look at the relationship between sports and religion in America from a post-secular perspective that looks at both discourses as a part of the same cultural web. In this way each institution is able to maintain its own integrity, legitimacy, and unique expression of cultural values as they relate to each other. Utilizing important themes that intersect both religion and sports, Scholes and Sassower illuminate the complex and often publicly contentious relationship between the two. Appropriate for both classroom use and for the interested non-specialist, Religion and Sports in American Culture brings pilgrimage, sacrifice, relics, and redemption together in an unexpected cultural continuity.

Self-help and Popular Religion in Modern American Culture

Self-help and Popular Religion in Modern American Culture

Author: Roy M. Anker

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313222498

Category: Religion

Page: 191

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The second of two volumes on the relationship between popular religion and the self-help tradition in American culture, this book continues chronologically and spans from Romanticism and the Gilded Age through Norman Vincent Peale and Robert Schuller.

Religion and Class in America: Culture, History, and Politics

Religion and Class in America: Culture, History, and Politics

Author: Sean McCloud

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047424734

Category: Religion

Page: 232

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Drawing on a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, this book compiles fresh data to revitalize a long overdue discussion about how class matters in the study of religion by examining the many ways class interacts with the theologies, practices, beliefs, and affiliations that constitute American religion, yesterday and today.

Religion, Culture, and Politics in the Twentieth-century United States

Religion, Culture, and Politics in the Twentieth-century United States

Author: Mark Hulsether

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231144032

Category: Religion

Page: 249

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Key players and themes in US religion before the twentieth century -- Changes in the religious landscape in the early twentieth century -- Religion and social conflict in the early twentieth century -- Shifts in the religious landscape from World War II to the present -- Religion and evolving social conflicts from World War II to the present -- Cultural aspects of religion from World War II to the present -- Conclusion: consensus, pluralism, and hegemony in US religion.

Religion and Popular Culture in America

Religion and Popular Culture in America

Author: Bruce David Forbes

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520246896

Category: History

Page: 326

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PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION: “A solid introduction to the dialogue between the disciplines of cultural studies and religion…. A substantive foundation for subsequent exploration.”—Religious Studies Review “A splendid collection of lively essays by fourteen scholars dealing with religion and popular culture on the contemporary American scene.”—Choice

Religion in American Life

Religion in American Life

Author: Jon Butler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199832699

Category: History

Page: 532

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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 HistoryThis 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.