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Introducing American Religion

1st Edition

By Charles H. Lippy


288 pages

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Introducing American Religion provides a lively and concise overview of the historical development of religion in the USA. In four parts, Charles Lippy traces the history of American religion from Europe, Native American and African life, through to the age of independence, and on to the late twentieth century up to the present day.

The narrative lays particular stress on the development of diversity and pluralism in American religious life. It explores the African American experience through slavery, Roman Catholic and Jewish immigration, political and economic factors, the impact of Latino culture, and the growth of Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as the concept of American civil religion. Introducing American Religion is ideal reading for students wishing to develop a broad understanding of American religious history. Illustrated throughout and featuring quotations from original sources, it includes text boxes, summary charts, study questions, a glossary and lists of further reading and weblinks to aid students with revision.

The accompanying website for this book can be found at www/ Features of the website include a hyperlinked and annotated primary source bibliography (of primary sources named in the book and accompanying page numbers), a list of online audiovisual resources, test questions, a study skills section, PowerPoints on key chapters, additional images, tables and charts of statistics on American religion, links to online libraries and archives, a regularly updated blog.


'From colonization to post-modernity, Lippy provides an eminently reliable and readable guide to the vibrant diversity of religion in America. Well-chosen images and key documents bring readers even further into the story.' - David R. Bains, Samford University, USA

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Preface 1. Religious Diversity in the Age of Colonial Conquest 2. European Settlers Increase Religious Diversity 3. The Expanding Religious Culture of English Colonial America 4. Religion in an Age of Revolution 5. Native Americans and African Americans Challenge Religious Life 6. Evangelical America 7. Religious Experimentation Brings More Diversity 8. Catholic and Jewish Growth Stretch Diversity 9. The Impact of Civil War and Regionalism 10. Immigrants, Industries, and Cities 11. Other Dimensions of Urbanizing America 12. Modernity Brings More Change 13. Reaction and Retreat 14. Quests for Unity Amid Diversity 15. The 'New Pluralism' of the Later Twentieth Century 16. The Many Faces of Pluralism in Postmodern America Glossary Resources Index

About the Author

Charles Lippy holds the LeRoy A. Martin Distinguished Professorship of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. His previous publications include: Modern American Popular Religion; Being Religious, American Style; and The Evangelicals: A History, Themes, and Biographies.

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World Religions

This exciting series introduces students to the major world religious traditions. Each religion is explored in a lively and clear fashion by experienced teachers and leading scholars in the field of world religions. Up to date scholarship is presented in a student-friendly fashion, covering history, core beliefs, sacred texts, key figures, religious practice and culture, and key contemporary issues. To aid learning and revision, each text includes illustrations, summaries, explanations of key terms, and further reading.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / History