Religious Outsiders and the Making of Americans

Religious Outsiders and the Making of Americans

3.89 (47 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 4 business days
When will my order arrive?


In light of the curious compulsion to stress Protestant dominance in America's past, this book takes an unorthodox look at religious history in America. Rather than focusing on the usual mainstream Protestant churches--Episcopal, Congregationalist, Methodist, Baptist, and Lutheran--Moore instead turns his attention to the equally important "outsiders" in the American religious experience and tests the realities of American religious pluralism against their history in America. Through separate but interrelated chapters on seven influential groups of "outsiders"--the Mormons, Catholics, Jews, Christian Scientists, Millennialists, 20th-century Protestant Fundamentalists, and the African-American churches--Moore shows that what was going on in mainstream churches may not have been the "normal" religious experience at all, and that many of these "outside" groups embodied values that were, in fact, quintessentially American.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 134.6 x 200.7 x 12.7mm | 294.84g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195051882
  • 9780195051889
  • 2,078,756

Review quote

'collection of wide-ranging and learned essays ... the book will help set the agenda for future studies ...American religious historians should anticipate with pleasure the conversations this excellent book will provoke.'
Robert Orsi, Indiana University, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 'penetrating analysis ... Moore's stimulating analysis of pluralism not only offers an important new context for viewing America's religious past; it also provides important perspectives for understanding what is happening in America today.'
show more

Rating details

47 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 23% (11)
4 45% (21)
3 30% (14)
2 2% (1)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X