7th Edition

Religion in America

ISBN 9781138188075
Published March 1, 2016 by Routledge
346 Pages

USD $99.95

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Book Description

Religion in America, 7th Edition provides a comprehensive yet concise introduction to the changing religious landscape of the United States. Extensively revised and updated to reflect current events and trends, this new edition continues to engage students in reflection about religious diversity. Julia Corbett-Hemeyer presents the study of religion as a tool for developing appreciation of communities of faith other than one’s own and for understanding the dynamics at work in religion in the United States today. 

Table of Contents

Contents. Preface. Part One: Preliminary Considerations. Introduction: Religious America: Diversity and Freedom. 1. Studying and Describing Religion. 2. Religion in the Life of the United States. Part Two: Christianity in the United States—Commonality and Diversity. 3. The Waning Influence of Mainline Protestantism and the New Evangelical Majority. 4. Christianity in American Culture: Diverse Themes. 5. Catholic Christianity: Sacramental Community. 6. Ethnic Diversity in Christianity: Two Examples. 7. American-Born Christianities. Part Three: Expanding Diversity. 8. Living a Jewish Life in the United States. 9. Muslims in the United States: A Growing Minority. Humanism and the Unitarian Universalists. 11. Hindus and Buddhists: Asia Comes to America. 12. Other Religious and Spiritual Movements. 13. Conflict and Controversy. Epilogue: Community and Communication. Index.

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Rev. Dr. Julia Corbett-Hemeyer is the Community Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Muncie, Indiana. She retired from Ball State University, where she taught world religions and religion in the United States.


"The 7th edition of Julia Corbett-Hemeyer’s Religion in America is not only a refinement of an important text, but also is a welcome addition to ongoing scholarship on American religion today. New sections on the Millennials and the rise of the "spiritual but not religious" make this volume ideal for the twenty-first century classroom, where students will see their own religious experience illuminated in the context of the longer, complicated history of religion in the United States….Religion in America is, now more than ever, relevant for everyone from first-year students to experienced scholars."

Catherine L. Newell, University of Miami, USA