1st Edition

Religion in Contemporary America

ISBN 9780415617383
Published April 19, 2013 by Routledge
288 Pages

USD $68.95

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Preface  Part One: Setting the Stage  1. Classical Theories of Religion  2. Contemporary Sociological Theories of Religion  3. The Changing Faces of History  Part Two: Mainline Religions in Historical and Sociological Context  4. Mainline Protestantism: The Erosion of Cultural Dominance  5. The Evangelical Surge  6. American Catholicism: A "Ghetto" Church No More  7. Contemporary Judaism: The Interplay of Religious and Cultural Identities  8. Transmitting Religion  9. Religion, Politics, and Government  10. Gender, Sexuality, and Religion  Part Three: Moving Beyond the Mainstream  11. African American Religion: Community, Conflict, and Change  12. Religion, Race, and Poverty  13. Faiths on the Margins  14. The Mormon Perspective  15. Religion and Social Change  Part Four: Where American Religion Is Heading  16. Spirituality’s Challenge to Religion  17. Contemporary Religious Thought: From Tradition to Experience  18. A New Pluralism comes to America  19. Is America a Christian Nation? Religious Pluralism in the 21st Century.

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Charles H. Lippy holds the LeRoy A. Martin Distinguished Professorship of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA.

Eric Tranby is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware, USA.