COVER

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CONTENTS

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pp. vii-viii

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FOREWORD

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pp. ix-xii

The material in these chapters was originally presented as the 2010 George H. Shriver Lectures: Religion in American History at Stetson University, February 9–10, 2010. The Shriver Lectures were established by Dr. George Shriver, an alumnus of Stetson University and professor of history emeritus at Georgia Southern University. ...

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PREFACE

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pp. xiii-xvi

This book began as the George H. Shriver Lectures on Religion in American History delivered at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, in February 2010. The following pages perhaps retain some of the informality of their origin at the podium. ...

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CHAPTER ONE: The Dog That Didn't Bark: The Study of Religions in America to circa 1820

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pp. 1-31

No one would recoil in shock if, while scrolling through a university's Web site, she found a department of religious studies. The religion department routinely steps up to the plate in the batting order of the humanities today. ...

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CHAPTER TWO: Comparing Religions in an Age of Uncertainty, circa 1820 to 1875

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pp. 32-55

By the 1820s Americans had accessible many more particulars about non-European religions; they also then discovered specifically Christian reasons to care about them, going beyond generalized Enlightenment curiosity about other cultures. ...

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CHAPTER THREE: William James Redraws the Map

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pp. 56-82

In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, a new humanistic discipline devoted to the study of religion took shape in the United States. To be sure, the academic discipline did not stem a continuing current of popular interest, on which drifted a motley flotilla of old-fashioned, unscholarly texts.1 ...

NOTES

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pp. 83-108

INDEX

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pp. 109-115