The Columbia Documentary History of Religion in America Since 1945
Of late, religion seems to be everywhere, suffusing U.S.
politics and popular culture and acting as both a unifying and a
divisive force. This collection of manifestos, Supreme Court
decisions, congressional testimonies, speeches, articles, book
excerpts, pastoral letters, interviews, song lyrics, memoirs, and
poems reflects the vitality, diversity, and changing nature of
religious belief and practice in American public and private life
over the last half century. Encompassing a range of perspectives,
this book illustrates the ways in which individuals from all along
the religious and political spectrum have engaged religion and
viewed it as a crucial aspect of society.
The anthology begins with documents that reflect the close
relationship of religion, especially mainline Protestantism, to
essential ideas undergirding Cold War America. Covering both the
center and the margins of American religious life, this volume
devotes extended attention to how issues of politics, race, gender,
and sexuality have influenced the religious mainstream. A series of
documents reflects the role of religion and theology in the civil
rights, feminist, and gay rights movements as well as in
conservative responses. Issues regarding religion and contemporary
American culture are explored in documents about the rise of the
evangelical movement and the religious right; the impact of "new"
(post-1965) immigrant communities on the religious landscape; the
popularity of alternative, New Age, and non-Western beliefs; and
the relationship between religion and popular culture.
The editors conclude with selections exploring major themes of
American religious life at the millennium, including both
conservative and New Age millennialism, as well as excerpts that
speculate on the future of religion in the United States.
The documents are grouped by theme into nine chapters and
arranged chronologically therein. Each chapter features an
extensive introduction providing context for and analysis of the
critical issues raised by the primary sources.
Subjects: History, Religion, Sociology
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