Religion and American Culture: A Brief History

Religion and American Culture: A Brief History

by George M. Marsden


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While Americans still profess to be one of the most religious people in the industrialized world, many aspects of American culture have long been secular and materialistic. That is just one of the many paradoxes, contradictions, and surprises in the relationship between Christianity and American culture. In this book George Marsden, a leading historian of American Christianity and award-winning author, tells the story of that relationship in a concise and thought-provoking way.

Surveying the history of religion and American culture from the days of the earliest European settlers right up through the elections of 2016, Marsden offers the kind of historically and religiously informed scholarship that has made him one of the nation’s most respected and decorated historians. Students in the classroom and history readers of all ages will benefit from engaging with the story Marsden tells.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802875396
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/06/2018
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

George Marsden is professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame. Among his many other books is Jonathan Edwards: A Life, which was named one of ten "Books of the Year" for 2003 by Atlantic Monthly and received the prestigious Bancroft Prize in history (2004), the Grawemeyer Award in religion (2005), and a half dozen other awards.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1 Christendom and American Origins 11

2 Religion and the American Revolution 36

3 The Age of Democratic Revivals 55

4 Protestant and Progressive America: 1860-1917 97

5 Pluralistic America: 1860-1917 126

6 Keeping the Faith in Modern Times 157

7 A Return to Faith and the Quest for Consensus: 1941-63 191

8 The 1960s and Their Legacy-A Fragmented Nation in Search of a Soul 217

9 The Twenty-First Century 252

Notes 268

Index 282

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