By Harry S. Stout, D. G. Hart
The eighteen essays accrued during this booklet had their foundation in a convention of an identical identify, held on the Wingspread convention heart in October of 1993. essentially the most exclusive students within the box have been invited to mirror on their specialities in American spiritual historical past in ways in which summarized the place the sector is and the place it should circulate within the many years to come back. geared up based on 4 common methods of taking a look at spiritual history--places and areas, common topics, transformative occasions, and marginal teams and ethno-cultural "outsiders"--the essays handle a variety of issues, together with Puritanism, faith and the Civil struggle, Protestantism and monetary habit, gender and sexuality in American Protestantism, and the modern de-Christianization of yank tradition. that includes contributions from David D. corridor, Donald G. Matthews, Allen C. Guelzo, Gordon S. wooden, Daniel Walker Howe, Robert Wuthnow, Jon Butler, David A. Hollinger, and others, this thought-provoking and up to date assortment will curiosity somebody concerned with the research of yank faith and background.
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17. In their survey of the rise of religion departments, Harold E. Remus, F. Stanley Lasby, and Linda M. Tober conclude: "The academic study of religion in the last quarter of the twentieth century reflects both the pluralism of American society and of the `global village' and the steady expansion and specialization of knowledge in academia. " See "Religion as an Academic Discipline," in Charles H. Lippy and Peter W. , New York, 1988), 1664. See also John F. Wilson's introduction to The Study of Religion in Colleges and Universities, 3-22; and James M.
Lockridge, A New England Town, the First Hundred Years: Dedham, Massachusetts. 1636-1736 (New York, 1970); John Demos, A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony (New York, 1970); Michael Zuckerman, Peaceable Kingdoms: New England Towns in the Eighteenth Century (New York, 1970). 2011 00:59:40 page_40 < previous page page_40 next page > Page 40 in history writing. Suddenly, it seemed like the whole field of historical studies was shifting underneath. The colonial period enjoyed an unparalleled popularity and influence as Joyce Appleby summarized recently in "A Different Kind of Independence: The Postwar Restructuring of the Historical Study of Early America," William and Mary Quarterly 50 (1993): 245-67, see especially page 250.
For an incisive review essay of Marty and Handy, see William Clebsch, "Thesis and Theme: Two Histories of American Protestantism," Journal of Religion 53 (1973): 99-103. Among sociologists, see especially Peter L. Berger, The Sacred Canopy (New York, 1969); and J. Childress and D. Hamed, Secularization and the Protestant Prospect (Philadelphia, 1970). On civil religion see Robert N. Bellah, "American Civil Religion in the 1970s," in Russell E. Richey and Donald G. , American Civil Religion (New York, 1974), 255-272.
New Directions in American Religious History by Harry S. Stout, D. G. Hart