1st Edition

Religion in Contemporary America

By Charles H. Lippy, Eric Tranby Copyright 2013
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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.


    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.

    "Religion in Contemporary America is solid work...The authors incorporate in one book introductory texts to a wide range of diverse and complex religious traditions and developments. The book can be recommended as an overview over and first approach to the study of the contemporary religious landscape of the United States."-Anja-Maria Bassimir, University of Mainz, Germany