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2nd Edition

Religion in America: The Basics

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ISBN 9780367691806
March 14, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

Religion in America: The Basics is a concise introduction to the historical development of religions in the United States.

It is an invitation to explore the complex tapestry of religious beliefs and practices that shaped life in North America from the colonial encounters of the fifteenth century to the culture wars of the twenty-first century. Far from a people unified around a common understanding of Christianity, this book tracks the steady diversification of the American religious landscape and the many religious conflicts that have changed American society. At the same time, it explores how Americans from a variety of religious backgrounds worked together to face the challenges of racism, poverty, war, and other social concerns.

This thoroughly revised second edition now covers the Obama and Trump administrations, Black Lives Matter, Christian nationalism, pluralism, and the development of the 'nones' and the 'unaffiliated'. With each chapter featuring concise summaries and suggested further readings, this book is an invaluable resource for students approaching the history of religion in America for the first time.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The History and Memory of Religion in America

3. Religion and Colonialism in Early America, 1400s to 1770s

4. Religion in a New Nation, 1770s to 1860s

5. Religion in a Modernizing America, 1860s to 1920s

6. Religious Diversity in a Globalizing America, 1920s to 2000s

7. Religion in America after 9/11.


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Michael Pasquier is Professor of Religious Studies and History at Louisiana State University. His work on the history of religion in America has been supported by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Whiting Foundation.