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From the founding of the first colonies until the present, the influence of Christianity, as the dominant faith in American society, has extended far beyond church pews into the wider culture. Yet, at the same time, Christians in the United States have disagreed sharply about the meaning of their shared tradition, and, divided by denominational affiliation, race, and ethnicity, they have taken stances on every side of contested public issues from slavery to women's rights.

This volume of twenty-two original essays, contributed by a group of prominent thinkers in American religious studies, provides a sophisticated understanding of both the diversity and the alliances among Christianities in the United States and the influences that have shaped churches and the nation in reciprocal ways. American Christianities explores this paradoxical dynamic of dominance and diversity that are the true marks of a faith too often perceived as homogeneous and monolithic.

Contributors:
Catherine L. Albanese, University of California, Santa Barbara
James B. Bennett, Santa Clara University
Edith Blumhofer, Wheaton College
Ann Braude, Harvard Divinity School
Catherine A. Brekus, University of Chicago Divinity School
Kristina Bross, Purdue University
Rebecca L. Davis, University of Delaware
Curtis J. Evans, University of Chicago Divinity School
Tracy Fessenden, Arizona State University
Kathleen Flake, Vanderbilt University Divinity School
W. Clark Gilpin, University of Chicago Divinity School
Stewart M. Hoover, University of Colorado at Boulder
Jeanne Halgren Kilde, University of Minnesota
David W. Kling, University of Miami
Timothy S. Lee, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University
Dan McKanan, Harvard Divinity School
Michael D. McNally, Carleton College
Mark A. Noll, University of Notre Dame
Jon Pahl, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
Sally M. Promey, Yale University
Jon H. Roberts, Boston University
Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Catherine A. Brekus & W. Clark Gilpin
  3. pp. 1-24
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  1. Part I: Christian Diversity in America
  2. pp. 25-28
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  1. Understanding Christian Diversity in America
  2. Catherine L. Albanese
  3. pp. 29-58
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  1. The Practices of Native American Christianities
  2. Michael D. McNally
  3. pp. 59-75
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  1. From the Coercive to the Liberative: Asian and Latino Immigrants and Christianity in the United States
  2. Timothy S. Lee
  3. pp. 76-101
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  1. African American Christianity and the Burden of Race
  2. Curtis J. Evans
  3. pp. 102-118
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  1. Christians and Non-Christians in the Marketplace of American Religion
  2. Jonathan D. Sarna
  3. pp. 119-132
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  1. Tensions Within: The Elusive Quest for Christian Cooperation in America
  2. James B. Bennett
  3. pp. 133-152
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  1. Part II: Practicing Christianity in America
  2. pp. 153-154
  1. Redeeming Modernity: Christian Theology in Modern America
  2. W. Clark Gilpin
  3. pp. 155-182
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  1. Hearts and Stones: Material Transformations and the Stuff of Christian Practice in the United States
  2. Sally M. Promey
  3. pp. 183-213
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  1. A Contested Legacy: Interpreting, Debating, and Translating the Bible in America
  2. David W. Kling
  3. pp. 214-241
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  1. Space, Time, and Performance: Constitutive Components of American Christian Worship
  2. Jeanne Halgren Kilde
  3. pp. 242-258
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  1. Spreading the Gospel in Christian America
  2. Edith L. Blumhofer
  3. pp. 259-274
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  1. Part III: Christianity and American Culture
  2. pp. 275-278
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  1. The Perils of Prosperity: Some Historical Reflections on Christianity, Capitalism, and Consumerism in America
  2. Catherine A. Brekus
  3. pp. 279-306
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  1. A Wilderness Condition: The Captivity Narrative as Christian Literature
  2. Kristina Bross
  3. pp. 307-326
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  1. Science and Christianity in America: A Limited Partnership
  2. Jon H. Roberts
  3. pp. 327-346
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  1. “My Homosexuality Is Getting Worse Every Day”: Norman Vincent Peale, Psychiatry, and the Liberal Protestant Response to Same-Sex Desires in Mid-Twentieth-Century America
  2. Rebecca L. Davis
  3. pp. 347-365
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  1. Christianity and the Media: Accommodation, Contradiction, and Transformation
  2. Stewart M. Hoover
  3. pp. 366-381
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  1. What Is “American” about Christianity in the United States?
  2. Mark A. Noll
  3. pp. 382-396
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  1. Part IV: Christianity and the American Nation
  2. pp. 397-398
  1. Christianity, National Identity, and the Contours of Religious Pluralism
  2. Tracy Fessenden
  3. pp. 399-426
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  1. Beyond Church and Sect: Christian Movements for Social Reform
  2. Dan McKanan
  3. pp. 427-444
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  1. Shifting Sacrifices: Christians, War, and Peace in America
  2. Jon Pahl
  3. pp. 445-465
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  1. Women, Christianity, and the Constitution
  2. Ann Braude
  3. pp. 466-490
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  1. An Enduring Contest: American Christianities and the State
  2. Kathleen Flake
  3. pp. 491-508
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 509-512
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 513-514
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 515-534
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469602493
Print ISBN
9780807835159
MARC Record
OCLC
966766045
Pages
544
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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