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Moving far beyond the realm of traditional "church history," Patrick Allitt here offers a vigorous and erudite survey of the broad canvas of American religion since World War II. Identifying the major trends and telling moments within major denominat … weiterlesen
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Titel: Religion in America Since 1945: A History
Autor/en: Patrick Allitt

ISBN: 0231121547
EAN: 9780231121545
Empfohlen ab 22 Jahre.
Sprache: Englisch.
COLUMBIA UNIV PR

Januar 2004 - gebunden - 384 Seiten

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Moving far beyond the realm of traditional "church history," Patrick Allitt here offers a vigorous and erudite survey of the broad canvas of American religion since World War II. Identifying the major trends and telling moments within major denominations and also in less formal religious movements, he asks how these religious groups have shaped, and been shaped by, some of the most important and divisive issues and events of the last half century: the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, feminism and the sexual revolution, abortion rights, the antinuclear and environmentalist movements, and many others.
Allitt argues that the boundaries between religious and political discourse have become increasingly blurred in the last fifty years. Having been divided along denominational lines in the early postwar period, religious Americans had come by the 1980s to be divided along political lines instead, as they grappled with the challenges of modernity and secularism. Partly because of this politicization, and partly because of the growing influence of Asian, Latino, and other ethnic groups, the United States is anomalous among the Western industrialized nations, as church membership and religious affiliation generally increased during this period. Religion in America Since 1945 is a masterful analysis of this dynamism and diversity and an ideal starting point for any exploration of the contemporary religious scene.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Preface1. Anxious Victory: 1945--1952The War's EndThe American Religious LandscapeCold War of the SpiritSpiritual Peace in the 1940s2. Religion and Materialism: 1950--1970Fighting Godless CommunismReligious Intellectuals in the 1950sEisenhower SpiritualityChurch Buildings3. Religion, Respect, and Social Change: 1955--1968African American ReligionThe Civil Rights Movement BeginsWhite Christians and Civil RightsNonviolence in DeclineMormon America4. New Frontiers and Old Boundaries: 1960--1969The Catholic PresidentThe Supreme Court and Religion in SchoolsVietnam, Part IRadical TheologyCatholic Reform5. Shaking the Foundations: 1963--1972American JudaismVietnam, Part IICatholic Challenges to Church DisciplineAfrican American Religion After King6. Alternative Religious Worlds: 1967--1982Space TravelFeminism and MinistryFeminist TheologyNew Religions, "Cults,'' and Their CriticsAsian Spirituality in American Dress7. Evangelicals and Politics: 1976--1990Jimmy Carter and the Evangelical PresidencyThe New Christian Right and the Reagan CampaignThe Abortion ControversyWives and Mothers8. The Christian Quest for Justice and Wisdom: 1980--1995The Antinuclear MovementSanctuaryCreationism and EvolutionChristian Academies and Home Schooling9. Profits, Profligates, and Prophets: 1987--1995The Evangelical ScandalsA Minister in the White House?American Islam10. The New World Order: 1989--1999End of the Cold WarReligion and ViolenceEnvironmental SpiritualityMegachurches11. Fears, Threats, and Promises: 1990--2000Homosexuality and ReligionPromise KeepersMillennial Expectation12. The New Millennium: 2001Religion at Ground ZeroConclusion

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Patrick Allitt

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"An engaging and easy-to-read text." -- Howell Williams, H-Net Reviews

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