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Religion in contemporary America

Author: Charles H Lippy; Eric Tranby
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2013.
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This book provides a fresh, engaging multi-disciplinary introduction to religion in contemporary America. The chapters explore the roots of contemporary American religion from the 1950s up to the present day, looking at the major traditions including mainline Protestantism, the evangelical-pentecostal surge, Catholicism, Judaism, African-American religions and new religious movements. The authors ask whether  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles H Lippy; Eric Tranby
ISBN: 9780415617376 0415617375 9780415617383 0415617383 9780203591116 0203591119
OCLC Number: 768171471
Notes: Includes index.
Description: ix, 272 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Setting the stage. Defining and measuring religion: classical views and theories --
Contemporary views and theories of religion --
The changing faces of history --
Mainline religions in historical and sociological context. Mainline Protestantism: the erosion of cultural dominance --
The evangelical surge --
American Catholicism: a "ghetto" church no more --
Contemporary Judaism: interweaving religious and cultural identities --
Transmitting religion --
Religion, politics, and government --
Gender, sexuality, and religion --
Moving beyond the mainstream. African American religion: community, conflict, and change --
Religion, race, and poverty --
Faiths on the margins --
The Mormon perspective --
Religion and social change --
Where American religion is heading. Spirituality's challenge to religion --
Contemporary religious thought: from tradition to experience --
A new pluralism comes to America --
Is America a Christian nation?: religious pluralism in the twenty-first century.
Responsibility: Charles H. Lippy and Eric Tranby.
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This book provides a fresh, engaging multi-disciplinary introduction to religion in contemporary America. The chapters explore the roots of contemporary American religion from the 1950s up to the present day, looking at the major traditions including mainline Protestantism, the evangelical-pentecostal surge, Catholicism, Judaism, African-American religions and new religious movements. The authors ask whether Americans are becoming less religious, and how religious thought has moved from traditional systematic theology to approaches such as black and feminist theology and environmental theology. The book introduces religion and social theory, and explores key issues and themes such as: religion and social change; politics; gender; sexuality; diversity; race and poverty. Students and instructors will find the combination of historical and sociological perspectives an invaluable aid to understanding this fascinating but complex field --

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