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The Story of Religion in America

An Introduction

James P. Byrd
James Hudnut-Beumler
  • 11/30/2021
  • 0664264662
  • 978-0-664-26466-6
  • Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • 514
  • 7.5 x 9.25
  • 12.00 oz

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This superbly written and well documented volume offers students inside and outside the classroom a fascinating introduction to religion in America. The book surveys traditional themes such as revivalism, religious liberty, denominations, pluralism, and theological disputes, within the larger context immigration, politics, dissent, women's roles and voices, race, and civil rights. Certain primary sources are cited throughout the text, and creatively made available online. – Bill J. Leonard, Professor of Divinity Emeritus, School of Divinity, Wake Forest University

This book tells The Story of Religion in America with clear and concise writing that explores a rich array of primary sources and some of the latest historical scholarship. The narrative balances respect for the realities of the past with frank awareness of contemporary debates to produce a dimensional picture of North American religious thought and experience. Additional strengths of the book include its provision of access to primary documents that connect students to the practice of historical interpretation, as well as the book’s opening sections, which explain why a new history of American religions is needed and important, even and especially when student readers might not have personal religious commitments or background. From the time of Columbus to the COVID-19 era, a plurality of religious ideas and practices have suffused the American landscape against which cultural, economic, political, and social changes have occurred. This thorough, informative, and highly readable account captures that dynamism. – Anne Wills, Chair and Professor of Religious Studies, Davidson College

James Byrd and James Hudnut-Beumler have written a fine and very useful text, The Story of


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