624 Pages
    by Routledge

    624 Pages
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive narrative account of religion in America from the sixteenth century through the present depicts the religious life of the American people within the context of American society. It addresses topics ranging from the European origins of American religious thought and the diversity of religion in America, to the relation of nationhood with religious practice and the importance of race, ethnicity, and gender in American religious history. Split into four parts this textbook covers:

    • Religion in a Colonial Context, 1492-1789
    • The New Nation, 1789-1865
    • Years of Midpassage, 1865-1918
    • Modern America, 1918- Present

    This new edition has been thoroughly updated to include further discussion of colonialism, religious minorities, space and empire, religious freedom, emotion, popular religion, sexuality, the ascent of the "nones," Islamophobia, and the development of an American mission to the world.

    With a detailed timeline, illustrations and maps throughout, and an accompanying companion website Religion in America is the perfect introduction for students new to the study of this topic who wish to understand the key themes, places, and people who shaped the world as we know it today.



    Introduction: Land, People, and Nation

    The Geography of the Nation

    The Ethnography of the Nation

    Religious Pluralism


    Common Cause and Intolerance

    Studying American Religious History

    The Colonial Frame




    Part 1 Religion in a Colonial Context, 1492-1789

    Chapter One: Backgrounds and Beginnings

    Native Peoples

    A Distinctive Worldview

    Belief and Performance

    A myth of Purity and Decay

    Catholic Missionaries

    The Protestant Reformation and the Council of Trent

    Feelings of Enchantment

    The Spanish Religious Interest

    Old Spain and New Spain

    "The Friars were watching"

    French Missions and Institution’s

    Religious Disagreements and the Problem of Organization

    Catholicism in the St. Lawrence Valley

    Institutional Support

    Chapter Two: The Atlantic World

    Protestant Predominance in the English Colonies

    The Puritan Heritage

    Religious Diversity

    A New Beginning in a New Land

    The Importance of the Laity

    The Breakdown of the Parish System

    The Possibility of Thoroughgoing Reform

    The Sense of Expectancy

    Religious Enemies

    Religious Characteristics of the Different Colonies

    The Southern Colonies

    The New England Colonies

    The Middle Colonies

    The English-Speaking Denominations

    The Anglicans

    The Congregationalists

    The Presbyterians

    The Baptists

    The Quakers

    The Roman Catholics

    Denominations of Continental Origin

    The Dutch and the French Reformed

    Mennonites, Dunkers and Moravians

    The German Lutherans and the German Reformed

    The Jews

    Everyday Religious Belief and Practice

    Chapter Three: The Great Awakening

    Transatlantic Influences

    The Transmission of Ritual Forms

    Theological Change and Public Piety in New England

    The First Stirrings of Revival

    Theodore J. Frelinghuysen

    The Tennents

    Jonathan Edwards

    The Great Awakening

    "The Grand Itinerant"

    The Mounting Opposition

    The Southern Phase of the Awakening

    The Impact of the Awakening

    Institutional Consequences

    The Theological Temper Generated by the Awakening

    The Denominational Concept

    Chapter Four: The Birth of the Republic

    Religion and Politics

    The Puritan Political Heritage

    Fear of Anglican Expansion


    The Winning of Independence

    The Attitude of the Various Denominations

    The Role of the Clergy

    Religious Freedom

    Separation of Church and State

    African Traditions and Christianization

    Part Two: The New Nation, 1789-1865

    Chapter Five: The Republic and the Churches

    The Mission of America

    The Religion of the Republic

    Church Religion

    The Reordering of Denominational Life


    Congregationalists, Presybterians, and Baptists

    Methodists and "Christians"

    Roman Catholics

    Estimating the Influence of the Churches

    Chapter Six: Protestant Expansion and Consolidation

    The Second Awakening

    Camp Meetings

    New Measures

    Roles for Women

    Settler Colonialism, Race, and Religion

    Missionary Societies

    Voluntary Societies and a National Strategy

    The Mood of the South

    Overseas Missions

    Chapter Seven: The Broadening of Denominational life

    Unitarians and Universalists

    The Emergence of African American Denominations

    The Female Majority

    Antebellum Roman Catholicism

    Jewish Communities

    Rationalists, Scientists and Transcendentalists

    Migration to East to West

    The Businessmen’s Revival


    Chapter Eight: Visions of Religious Community

    The Utopian Vision

    The Shakers

    The Oneida Community

    Transcendentalism's "Wild Oats"

    New Visions

    The Mormons

    The Millerites

    The Spiritualists

    The Humanitarian Impulse

    The Expanding Concern

    The Disruption of the Churches

    Mediation and Conflict


    Space and Empire

    Part Three Years of Midpassage, 1865-1918

    Chapter Nine: Post-Civil War America

    Reconstituting the Nation

    The Bond of Religion

    The Failure of Reconstruction

    The Southern Churches

    The Churches and the Freedmen

    The Growth of African American Churches

    Renewal of Home Missionary Concern

    Church Extension in the West

    Native Americans and Christian Missions

    Urban Revivalism

    The Sunday School Movement

    Chapter Ten: The New Americans

    The Response of the Older Americans

    Nativist Concerns

    Protestant-Catholic Tensions

    Protestant Ministries to the Immigrants

    Adjustments and Tensions within Roman Catholicism

    Institutional Developments


    Other Immigrant Faiths and Accessions

    Lutheran Accessions

    Other Protestant Accessions

    Judaism and Eastern Orthodox Christianity

    Chapter Eleven: The New Intellectual Climate

    Protestant Liberalism

    The Fundamental Issue of Biblical Authority

    Evangelical Liberalism

    Scientific Modernism


    Protestant Conservatism

    New Departures

    The Religion of Humanity

    Wisdom from the East

    Science, Religion, Health


    Chapter Twelve: New Frontiers for the Churches

    The Roles of Women and Men

    Churchgoing Women

    The Segregated Clergy

    Social Reform

    Religious Innovation

    Masculinizing Religion

    The Challenge of the Cities

    New Techniques for City Churches

    The Institutional Church

    The Churches and the Economic Order

    The Gospel of Wealth

    The Feeling of Emptiness and Consumer Culture

    Social Discontent

    The Social Gospel

    The "Progressive" Movement

    Dollar Diplomacy and Religion

    The Evangelization of the World

    Part 4 Modern America, 1918

    Chapter Thirteen: The Shifting Religious Configuration


    Reform Judaism

    The Great Immigration

    Reconstructionism and Zionism

    Jewish Religious Revivals at Mid-Century

    Eastern Orthodox Christianity

    The Orthodox Churches

    Orthodoxy in America

    "Disaffected" Protestants

    The Holiness Movement



    The Black Churches

    Mid-Twentieth-Century Religious Profile


    Chapter Fourteen: Protestant Transition and New Religions

    The Transitional Years

    The Postwar Generation

    The Fundamentalist Controversy

    The Business of Religion

    Religions From Other Lands


    African Americans and Islam



    Resistance to Asian Religions

    New Religious Movements

    Chapter Fifteen: Resurgence, Reform, and Renewal

    The Protestant Religious Resurgence of the Mid-Twentieth Century

    Reform: African Americans and Social Justice

    The Renewal of Roman Catholicism

    The Aftermath of World War One

    Increase in Numbers and Wealth

    Changing Status of Catholics in American Life

    Social Reform

    Intellectual life

    The Religious Revival

    Interfaith Relationships

    Evangelical Growth and Mainstream Protestant Decline

    Chapter Sixteen: Congregations and Coalitions

    The Religious Right

    Dominion Theology

    Roman Catholics: From Euphoria to Scandal

    Euphoria and Vacillation



    Hispanic Catholicism

    The Scandal of Sexual Abuse

    Religion and Identity

    Hispanic Catholicism

    The Decline of Judaism

    Native Americans and the Land

    Nature Religion, Holistic Living, and Healing

    Chapter Seventeen: Moral Divisions: Religion After 9/11


    Religious Freedom



    Economy and Society: Three Religious Movements

    WTO Protests


    Black Lives Matter

    The Nones


    The Marketplace of Religion





    John Corrigan is Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor of Religion and Professor of History at Florida State University, USA. 

    This edition updates an older classic, bringing together the strengths of different approaches to understanding the history of religion in America, maintaining a vigorous narrative throughout, and incorporating the newest research in diverse religious groups. An ideal text for courses in American religious history. Paul Harvey, University of Colorado, USA

    For decades, Religion in America by John Corrigan and Winthrop Hudson has been a classic. This new edition is the best yet. Not only is this book an authoritative history, it is also an excellent guide to the diverse and conflicted marketplace of religion in America today. Religion in America brings the American religious past and present into dialog better than any other book available. James P. Byrd, Vanderbilt University, USA. 

    In the 9th edition of the classic text, Religion in America, Corrigan continues the tradition started with the publication of the early editions by his late co-author, Winthrop Hudson, over fifty years ago. This work provides an informative, comprehensive, readable, and balanced religious history of the United States from colonial times to the present. In each succeeding revision by Professor Corrigan he has over the years succeeded in making appropriate improvements upon the previous solid text. For close to 30 years I have utilized Religion in Americaas a main text in my American Religious History classes and look forward to having students read this fine ninth edition. Sandy D. Martin, The University of Georgia, USA.