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Religion in America, CourseSmart eTextbook, 6th Edition

By Julia Corbett Hemeyer

Published by Pearson

Published Date: May 18, 2009

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Religion in America gives students and teachers a comprehensive yet concise introduction to the changing religious landscape of the United States. Extensively revised and updated, the Sixth Edition continues to engage students in reflection about religious diversity. The author presents the study of religion within the context of the humanities as a tool for developing understanding and appreciation of communities of faith other than ones own, and for understanding the dynamics at work in religion in the United States today. 

Table of Contents

Preface

Part One  PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS

Introduction: Religious America: Diversity and Freedom

1  Studying and Describing Religion 

            Why Study Religion?  
            Studying Religion as a Part of the Humanities  
            Describing Religion 
            Popular Religion
            Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writing  
            For Further Reading  
            Relevant World Wide Web Sites 

2  Religion in the Life of the United States
            Disestablishment and the Constitution  
            By the Numbers: Data on Religious America 
            Religion after 9-11  
            Civil Religion and Beyond  
            Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writing  
            For Further Reading  
            Relevant World Wide Web Sites 

3  Conflict and Controversy 
            Sexual Misconduct by the Clergy  
            Gays and Lesbians in Communities of Faith  
            Religion and Violence after 9-11  
            Religious Expression in a Religiously Plural Culture  
            Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writing  
            For Further Reading  
            Relevant World Wide Web Sites  

Part Two  CHRISTIANITY IN THE UNITED STATES—COMMONALITY AND DIVERSITY

4  The Waning Influence of Mainline Protestantism and the New Evangelical Majority
            Christian Faith and Practice: Overview  
            Protestant Christianity  
            Mainline Protestantism    
            Denominational Distinctiveness  
            Evangelicals: The New Center in American Protestantism
            Women in Protestantism  
            Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writing  
            For Further Reading  
            Relevant World Wide Web Sites 

5  Christianity in American Culture: Diverse Themes                                                                                                              
            Evangelical Christianity in American Culture: Three Cases 
            Megachurches  
            The Religious-Political Right  
            Separatist and Fundamental Christians
            Holiness Christians  
            Pentecostal Christianity  
            Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writing  
            For Further Reading  
            Relevant World Wide Web Sites 

6  Catholic Christianity: Sacramental Community 
            The Distinctiveness of Catholic Christianity
            Additional Distinctive Catholic Beliefs  
            Catholic Worship: Word and Sacrament  
            Catholic Lifestyles in the United States 
            The Church as a Social Institution
            The Second Vatican Council: 1962-1965  
            Who Are American Catholics?  
            Women in the Catholic Church  
            Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writing  
            For Further Reading  
            Relevant World Wide Web Sites 

7  Ethnic Diversity in Christianity: Two Examples 
            Ethnic Christianity  
            Eastern Orthodox Christianity  
            Eastern Orthodox Christianity in the United States  
            African-American Christianity
            The Changing Face of Ethnic Christianity  
            Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writing  
            For Further Reading  
            Relevant World Wide Web Sites 

8  American-Born Christianities
            Overview
            Latter-day Saints  
            Christian Scientists  
            Seventh-day Adventists  
            Jehovah’s Witnesses 
            An American Innovation 
            Community and Reassurance  
            Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writing  
            For Further Reading  
            Relevant World Wide Web Sites  

Part Three  EXPANDING DIVERSITY

9  Living a Jewish Life in the United States
            Who Is a Jew?  
            A Brief Historical Note
            Jews and Christians  
            Principal Beliefs and Practices of Jewish People
            One Judaism, Several Expressions  
            Jewish Women  
            Holocaust, Memory, and Religiousness  
            Anti-Semitism  
            Into the Future  
            Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writing  
            For Further Reading  
            Relevant World Wide Web Sites 

10  Muslims in the United States: A Growing Minority
            Islam, and Islam in the United States 
            Muhammad
            The Qur’an
            Beliefs
            The Five Pillars of Islam
            Muslims in the United States
            Muslim College Students
            Muslim Organizations
            Muslima: Muslim Women in America
            Islam and Black Americans
            Into the Future
            Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writing  
            For Further Reading  
            Relevant World Wide Web Sites 

11  Humanism and the Unitarian Universalists
            What Is Humanism?
            Humanism in the United States
            Humanist Organizations
            Atheism and Agnosticism
            Unitarian Universalists
            Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writing  
            For Further Reading  
            Relevant World Wide Web Sites 

12  Hindus and Buddhists: Asia Comes to America
            Hinduism and Hindus in the United States  
            American Buddhists and Buddhism
            The Call of the Orient
            Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writing  
            For Further Reading  
            Relevant World Wide Web Sites 

13  Other Religious and Spiritual Movements
            The Religions of the Native Americans
            The New Age Movement  
            The Self-Help Movement and Twelve-Step Programs  
            Feminist Wicca  
            The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches  
            Religion on the Internet  
            Satanism  
            Christian Identity  
            Questions and Activities for Review, Discussion, and Writing  
            For Further Reading  
            Relevant World Wide Web Sites 

Epilogue: Community and Communication

 

Index


 

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