Religion in American Life

Religion in American Life : A Short History

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In A Short History of Religion in America, Jon Butler, Grant Wacker and Randall Balmer cover centuries of religious history to show the role religion has played in American life. Jon Butler begins by describing the state of religious affairs in both the Old and New Worlds on the eve of colonization and traces the progress of religion in the colonies through the time of the American Revolution. Grant Wacker looks at different groups (Native Americans, immigrants, etc) reflecting the rapid pace and constant change of religious growth in 19th century America. Randall Balmer discusses the massive cultural changes in 20th century America and the effects such forces as industrialization, modernization and secularization had on established religions as well as ones being strengthened by influxes of immigrants. Back matter includes chronology, further reading and an more

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 40.64mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • numerous halftone plates
  • 0195333292
  • 9780195333299
  • 1,345,222

About Jon Butler

Jon Butler is Howard R. Lamar Professor of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Yale University. He is the author of Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People, Becoming America: The Revolution Before 1776, and, with Harry S. Stout, editor of Religion in American History: A Reader.Grant Wacker is Professor of Church History at Duke University Divinity School. He is the author of Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture, Religion in Nineteenth Century America (OUP, 2000), and Pentecostal Currents in American Protestantism.Randall Balmer is Professor of American Religious History at Barnard College, Columbia University, and Visiting Professor of American Religion at Yale University Divinity School. He is the author of ten books, including Protestantism in America and Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America (2006). His book Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, now in its fourth edition, was made into an award-winning, three-part documentary for more

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