Cover

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

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pp. vii-x

The George H. Shriver Lectures: Religion in American History is an endowed series of lectures at Stetson University established by Dr. George Shriver, Professor of History Emeritus at Georgia Southern University. An alumnus of Stetson, Dr. Shriver created this lecture series to honor his alma mater and to enhance the understanding of religion's role in...

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Preface

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pp. xi-xii

The custodians of the George H. Shriver Lectures asked me to address and juxtapose two themes that have been foci of my studies in American religion and culture for decades: Protestantism and Pluralism. This I have done in the lectures that here are transformed into a book. In the nature of such cases, much of the original oral style characterizes the work. We historians...

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1. WHEN PROTESTANTS RAN THE SHOW: When Homogeneity Ruled, 1607 to 1955

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pp. 1-50

Protestants of various sorts "ran the show" in the colonies that became the United States of America and in the nation after its formation. What "running the show" means is something I define a bit later. First I begin with a note of sympathy for readers, one that expresses the hope that I can be forgiven for an offense that surely accompanies this...

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2. MORE RINGS IN THE CIRCUS: Realized Pluralism, after 1955

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pp. 51-64

The metaphor of American religion as a show is not meant to demean ventures involving the sacred, life and death and eternity, and ethics. Instead the metaphor is intended to suggest that under the big tent of American life, the question of who runs the show, who manages, controls, and directs it, always endures. Though American religions have...

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3. IS THERE STILL A TENT, OR ARE THERE MANY TENTS?: Protestantism Gone Public, within Pluralism

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pp. 65-80

As shown previously, Protestantism was a major element of---and no doubt on spiritual levels the chief contributor to---many of the creencias and vigencias in American culture. After having held a privileged position from 1607 to 1955 the many forms of Protestantism began to yield their place and share it with non-Protestant contributors, challengers...

Index

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pp. 81-84