Religion is, and has always been, a powerful force in American politics. Over the past three decades, the study of religion and politics has gone from being ignored by the scholarly community to being a major focus of research. Yet, because this important research is not easily accessible tononspecialists, much of the analysis of religion's role in the political arena that we read in the media is greatly oversimplified. This Handbook seeks to bridge that gap by examining the considerable research that has been conducted to this point and assessing what has been learned, what remainsunsettled due to conflicting research findings, and what important questions remain largely unaddressed by current research endeavors. This volume enlists noted scholars in the field to write essays that examine a particular subject area that: (a) assess the "state of the art" within that area; (b)review important findings, insights, and theoretical advances; (c) outline the current debates that engage scholarly attention; and, (d) raise some important, but currently understudied, questions. Thus, the authors review previous work, explain the findings of that research, and speculate aboutthe bases of the various findings related to that topic, with each essay containing an excellent bibliography. The Handbook is unique to the field of religion and American politics and should be of wide interest to scholars, students, journalists, and others interested in the American politicalscene.
Encyclopedia of Religion in America by Charles H. Lippy (Editor); Peter W. Williams (Editor)A multidisciplinary examination of religion in American life Encyclopedia of Religion in America examines how religious history and practices are woven into the political, social, cultural, and historical landscape of North America. This authoritative four-volume reference work explains the origins, development, adaptation, influence, and interrelations of the many faiths practiced, including major world religions, new religious sects, cults, and religious movements that originated or had an influence in the United States. Edited by well-known experts in the field, the Encyclopedia covers all the significant religious denominations and movements that have originated or flourished in North America, from the beginning of European settlement to the present day. The broad multidisciplinary coverage includes the religious life of indigenous peoples, specific aspects of religious life, and the relationship of political, social, economic, and cultural spheres. Topics include: Religion as an influential force in the U.S. Methods of worship Religion and politics Homosexuality and religion African American religion Arts and architecture Church-state issues Education Environment and ecology Ethnicity Evangelicals Faiths Gay and lesbian issues Historical overviews Immigration Media (new and old) Megachurches Movements and denominations New religious movements Popular religion and culture Race and racism Religious thought Religious Right Rites Role of women Terrorism and war Encyclopedia of Religion in America is an essential resource for students and scholars researching issues in a wide variety of social science disciplines, from American history to cultural studies, political science, gender studies, psychology of religion, and more. It reflects new scholarly research and interpretation that have emerged over the last two decades, as well as significant new areas of study, such as post-9/11 America, the role of gays and lesbians in church, gender, and the role of the evangelicals in American political life.
Call Number: R 200.973 E563
Publication Date: 2010-06-01
Encyclopedia of American Religions by J. Gordon Melton; James A. Beverley; Constance M. Jones; Pamela Susan NadellPresents coverage of more than 2,500 North American religious groups in the U.S. and Canada, from Adventists to Zen Buddhists. Entries contain essays and directory listings that describe the historical development of religious families and give factual information about each group within those families, including, where available, headquarter location, membership figures, a listing of educational facilities and information on periodicals published by the group.
Encyclopedia of American Religious History by Edward L. Queen; Stephen R. Prothero; Gardiner H. Shattuck; Martin E. Marty (Foreword by)This volume charts new territory in its coverage of religious history and diversity in the United States. More than 800 entries, 100 of which have been added for this edition, outline the numerous philosophers, personalities, social issues, and cultural histories of religious practices throughout American history. Special emphasis has been given to recent developments in American religious life and on the historical contributions of people long neglected by religious historians, including African Americans, Native Americans, and women.
Call Number: R 200.97303 E56 2001
Publication Date: 2001-10-01
Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America by Michael James McClymondThis definitive, two-volume encyclopedia is the first academic reference work devoted specifically to religious revivals in North America. Incorporating the work of 120 scholars, the first volume contains an A-Z set of 228 articles touching on people (e.g., Billy Graham, Aimee Semple McPherson, Francisco Olazabal, etc.), revival events (the Great Awakening, Cane Ridge, the Azusa Street Revival), religious denominations or groups associated with revivals (Methodists, Pentecostals, Primitive Baptists), revival practices (the altar call, bodily manifestations, preaching, praying, speaking in tongues), and themes in revivals (confession of sins, ecstasy, eschatology, foreign missions, material culture, money and revivals). The second volume includes a documentary history of religious revivals from 1527 to 2005, with editorial introductions and selected passages from 121 primary texts_some published here for the first time_and a general bibliography of about 5000 books, articles, and dissertations. Religious revivals have had a tremendous impact on American society throughout its history. During the First Great Awakening (1739-45), waves of religious fervor spread throughout the American colonies. The Second Great Awakening (1795-1835) witnessed the expansion of existing denominations (e.g., Baptist and Methodist) and the foundation of new denominations such as the Disciples of Christ, the Shakers, the Oneida Community, and the Seventh-day Adventists. These revivalist groups flowered and played a critical role in such cultural and historical movements as abolitionism, temperance, and the struggle for women's rights. More recently, the growing strength of Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism during the late 20th Century may be yet another great awakening that has had_and will have_a profound impact on political, social, and cultural developments.
Atlas of American Religion by William M. Newman; Peter L. HalvorsonMethodists to Congregationalists, Mormons to Jews, Church of God to the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel--the story of religion in the United States is in large part the story of its paradoxical religious organizations. Through both words and maps, The Atlas of American Religion brings coherence to the shifting picture of 200 years of American religious history. From independence to the present, the Atlas charts the evolution of the 39 major denominations and sects in the U.S. Also, Newman and Halvorson offer a new five-fold typology categorizing religious organizations. Their definitions of national denominations, multiregional denominations, classic sects, multiregional sects and national sects brings new precision and clarity to our understanding of religious organizations. And with 92 two-color maps depicting this changing religious landscape, the Atlas of American Religion makes an indispensable reference for anyone interested in the sociology or history of the religious experiment that is the United States of America.
The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History by Michael Glazier; Thomas Shelly (Editor)This first reference work of its kind ever published in the United States is a splendid and unique achievement created by hundreds of historians and writers who cooperated to narrate the saga of American Catholicism. Beginning with Columbus, this comprehensive work spans half a millennium and covers the men, women, and events that shaped Catholic life in a vast and diverse nation. Over1,200 articles, 300 photographs, and a million words comprise this elegant volume, which provides American Catholics with a panoramic and extraordinary education in their identity and heritage. Edited by Michael Glazier and Thomas J. Shelley, The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History recounts the struggles and status of American Catholics in every generation of the nation''s history. It also narrates and charts the phenomenal growth of the Church in each of the fifty states. It contains hundreds of factual biographies of men and women from al stratas of society. It focuses on the explorers; the pioneering Spanish, French, and English missionaries; the struggles of the colonial and revolutionary era; the turbulent and transforming nineteenth century with its waves of immigrants; the industrial revolution; and the challenges and crises of this century, down to our day. al the major events and movements which united or divided Catholics are covered: The Revolution, Lay Trusteeism, slavery and the Civil War, the arrival of immigrants, Nativism and bigotry, Americanism, Modernism, the Labor Movement, the Knights of Columbus, wars, anti-semitism, the New Deal and Prohibition, anti- Communism, McCarthyism, the Women''s Revolution, civil rights, Vietnam, Human vitae, liturgy, and capital punishment. Other subjects, which were often neglected by past historians, are given greater consideration. These include the role of women and Native Americans and the growth of Catholicism in the United States. The great personalities men and women from each decade and era are perceptively portrayed, and rewarding attention is given to the women lay and religious who played a major role in educating and forming the Catholic children of America for over five generations. Entries are arranged alphabetically for convenient use by those who preach, teach, or study. The primary aim of each entry, whether it reflects some original research or summarizes existing scholarship, is to provide basic information while its bibliographical citations open the road to further study. The American Catholic Church has been the home to a vast variety of people. The notable men and women who appear in these pages represent countless millions who are little known. But American Catholicism today is the living monument to their lives and labors. Knowing their history gives today''s Americans confidence, and The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History is a celebration of their faith. The contributors to this work have been selected for their scholarship and competence. Among the hundreds of distinguished contributors are: James Hennesey, Kathleen Neils Colzen, Mary Oates, Karen Kennelly, James Pula, Philip Gleason, Steven Avella, Dominic Monti, Jaime Vidal, Kenneth Baker, Sandra Yokum Mize, David O''Brien, Thomas Spalding, Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb, Gerald Fogerty, Clyde Crews, Christopher Kauffman, Robert Trisco, Patrick Carey, and Mary Elizabeth Brown. Over four decades ago, Michael Glazier began his publishing career in Ireland. After coming to America he studied the focal aspects of U.S. publishing, from book design to marketing and eventually became a consultant to a group of American and European publishers. In 1972 he founded Scholarly Resources Inc., which specializes in diplomatic, legal and congressional history. He initiated and directed the publication of standard reference works including the 150-volume British Parliamentary Papers of the Eighteenth Century. In 1977 he founded Michael Glazier Inc. which published both scholarly religious and secular titles including The National State Papers of the United States and The Plymouth Court Records. He also published The New Dictionary of Theology and The Aramaic Bible: The Targums series available through The Liturgical Press. He received several awards for his contribution to patristic, theological and biblical studies. Father Thomas J. Shelley is an associate professor of historical theology at Fordham University. Formerly, he was professor of Church history at St. Joseph''s Seminary, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, New York. The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History is the first reference work of its kind ever published in the U.S.A. was created by hundreds of historians and writers covers al the major events which united or divided Catholics recounts the struggles and triumphs of American Catholics in every generation of the nation''s history includes extensive coverage of American dioceses, religious communities, and saints charts the growth of the Church in each state contains hundreds of biographies of men and women from al stratas of society includes over 1,200 articles, 300 photographs, and a million words includes entries arranged alphabetically for convenient use by those who preach, teach or study includes cross references and bibliographies to direct further study merits a place in academic, public, and personal libraries " Some of the over 1200 topics and entries include: African Americans and Catholicism Americanism Anti-Catholic Bigotry in United States Augustinians in United States Baltimore Plenary Councils Baltimore Provincial Councils Benedictines in United States Bishop, W. Howard, Founder of Glenmary Brownson, Orestes Burke, John J., CSP Cabrini, Mother Frances Xavier Calvert, George, First Lord Baltimore Capuchins in United States Carey, Mathew Carmelites in United States Carroll, Archbishop John Christian Family Movement Catholic Relief Services Catholic University of America, The Catholic Worker Movement Catholic Writers Catholic Book Publishing Catholic Magazine Publishing Catholic Newspaper Publishing Catholics and Wars Catholics and the Civil War Cistercians of the Common Observance in United States Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappists) in United States Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s Columbus, Christopher Communism and American Catholics Conference of Major Superiors of Men Conscientious Objectors and American Catholicism Corrigan, Archbishop Michael A. Coughlin, Reverend Charles Croation Immigrants and Croatians in United States Church Cushing, Archbishop Richard J. Czech Immigrants and Czechs in United States Church Day, Dorothy DeHueck, Baroness Catherine Democratic Party and American Catholics Dominicans (OP) in United States Dred Scott Decision Drexel, Mother Katherine Duchesne, Mother Philippine Duffy, Reverend Francis P. Ecumenism and American Catholics Education (elementary, secondary, college) and United States Catholics Ellis, Monsignor John Tracy England, Bishop John Franciscans in United States French-Canadian Immigrants and United States Church German Immigrants and Germans in United States Church Gibbons, James Cardinal Government Aid to Education and United States Catholics Guilday, Monsignor Peter Halinan, Archbishop Pal Hawthorne, Mother Rose Lathrop Hecker, Issac, CSP Hispanic Immigrants and Hispanics in United States Church Holy Cross Fathers in United States Holy Ghost Fathers in United States Hungarian Immigrants and Hungarians in United States Church Ireland, Archbishop John Irish Immigrants and Irish in United States Church Italian Immigrants and Italians in United States Church Jesuits in United States Jewish-Catholic Relations in United States Josephite Fathers in United States Keane, Archbishop John Kennedy, President John F. Kino, Father Eusebio Knights of Columbus Labor Unions and American Catholics Lamy, Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lay Trusteeism in United States Church Lithuanian Immigrants and Lithuanians in United States Church Liturgical Movement in United States Church Marist Fathers in United States Marquette, PFre Jacques, SJ Maryknoll Fathers and Sisters Mazzuchelli, Reverend Samuel, OP McCarthy, Senator Joseph, and American Catholics McGlynn, Reverend Edward McIntyre, James Francis, Cardinal McQuaid, Bishop Bernard J. Merton, Reverend Thomas,OSCO Michel, Virgil, OSB Maguires, Molly Mundelein, George Cardinal Murray, John Courtney, SJ Music and American Catholics National Conference of Catholic Charities Native Americans and American Catholicism Neumann, St. John Oblates of Mary Immaculate O''Connor, Flannery O''Neill, Thomas ("Tip") P. O''Reilly, John Boyle Papal Infallibility and American Catholics Passionist Fathers in United States Pastoral Letters of the United States Bishops Paulists Polish Immigrants and Poles in United States Church Powderly, Terence Prohibition and United States Catholics Puerto Rican Immigrants and Puerto Ricans in United States Church Redemptorists in United States Rummel, Archbishop Joseph Ruthenian Immigrants and Ruthenians in United States Church Ryan, Reverend John A.
Call Number: R 282.7303 E56
Publication Date: 1997-12-01
New Historical Atlas of Religion in America by Edwin Scott Gaustad; Philip L. Barlow; Richard W. Dishno (As told to)In two editions over 40 years, Edwin Gaustad's Atlas of American Religion has been an essential guide to the American religious experience. Now the New Historical Atlas of Religion in America takes the story into the new millennium.Expanded, reorganized, and now in full color, the new edition of this classic reference work is an arresting visual and narrative portrait of the growth, development, and diversity of America's communities of faith across nearly 400 years.Here is a vastly more complex American religious life--from the decline of mainstream Protestantism to the emergence of evangelical churches and the growing influence of Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and other faiths. Parts One and Two are a history--in maps and text--of American religions. Part Threefocuses in-depth on Lutherans, Mormons, and Roman Catholics. Part Four examines the political, cultural, and social aspects of religion in American public life.Lavishly illustrated with full-color maps, charts, and diagrams, the new Atlas is an essential resource for all readers--students, teachers, scholars, and everyone seeking to understand the remarkable religious history of the United States.
Call Number: R OVERSIZE 200.973 N532 2001
Publication Date: 2001-01-18
Histories of American Christianity by Christopher H. EvansTo tell the story of America is, in many ways, to tell the story of religion in America. At every point in its history, America was, and still is, religiousâand diversely so. To understand how religion shaped America's history is to trace the influence of America's dominant faith tradition, Christianity. But American Christianity, like religion in America, is a wonderfully varied movement. In this comprehensive, eminently readable introduction, Christopher Evans maps the pluralism of American Christianity around its historic center, demonstrating the enduring role of Protestantism despite the wide assortment of distinctly American religious innovation. In Histories of American Christianity , Evans thus narrates the intellectual history, chronicles the story of sectarian divisions, and explores how Christianity became so intertwined with and pervasive in public life. But Evans also shines fresh light on what has been omitted. Through the use of individual stories focusing on the traditionally marginalizedâe.g., women, African Americans, and Latino/a descendantsâEvans weaves together a tapestry of American-Christian orthodoxy and tradition over the centuries. What results is a readable and teachable volume, grounded in research and packed with critical reflection that chronicles America's rich Christian history.
Publication Date: 2013-08-01
Conceived in Doubt by Amanda PorterfieldAmericans have long acknowledged a deep connection between evangelical religion and democracy in the early days of the republic. This is a widely accepted narrative that is maintained as a matter of fact and tradition--and in spite of evangelicalism's more authoritarian and reactionary aspects. In Conceived in Doubt, Amanda Porterfield challenges this standard interpretation of evangelicalism's relation to democracy and describes the intertwined relationship between religion and partisan politics that emerged in the formative era of the early republic. In the 1790s, religious doubt became common in the young republic as the culture shifted from mere skepticism toward darker expressions of suspicion and fear. But by the end of that decade, Porterfield shows, economic instability, disruption of traditional forms of community, rampant ambition, and greed for land worked to undermine heady optimism about American political and religious independence. Evangelicals managed and manipulated doubt, reaching out to disenfranchised citizens as well as to those seeking political influence, blaming religious skeptics for immorality and social distress, and demanding affirmation of biblical authority as the foundation of the new American national identity. As the fledgling nation took shape, evangelicals organized aggressively, exploiting the fissures of partisan politics by offering a coherent hierarchy in which God was king and governance righteous. By laying out this narrative, Porterfield demolishes the idea that evangelical growth in the early republic was the cheerful product of enthusiasm for democracy, and she creates for us a very different narrative of influence and ideals in the young republic.
Publication Date: 2012-04-23
Latino Pentecostals in America by Gastón EspinosaToday 12.5 million U.S. Latinos self-identify as Protestant, and Assemblies of God is the destination for one out of four converts. Gastón Espinosa reveals the church's struggle for indigenous leadership, racial equality, women in the ministry, and immigration reform and shows why "Silent Pentacostals" are an activist voice in Evangelical politics.
"Making of America" (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history primarily from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.
Archival holdings of Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, important resources related to the early history of Holland, Michigan, and Reformed Church in America congregations in the surrounding area.
Atla Religion Database with ATLASerials PlusThe ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®) is the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion, with coverage from 1949 and retrospective indexing for several journal issues as far back as the nineteenth century. Journals are selected for inclusion according to their scholarly merit and scope. The fact that many publishers solicit the inclusion of their journals in ATLA RDB is indicative of the stature it has achieved in the community of religion scholars.
ATLAS is an online collection of major religion and theology journals selected by leading religion scholars and theologians. Users can read articles or research the history of a topic from as early as 1908 to the present. Currently, researchers are able to use ATLAS as a search tool to retrieve images of the pages in more than one hundred fifty different journals.
Old Testament AbstractsOld Testament Abstracts is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Biblical Association. The database features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Content from over 450 journals is covered. All abstracts are in English, regardless of the language of the original work. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, philology and much more. Coverage in the database dates back to 1978.
New Testament AbstractsNew Testament Abstracts Online is a product of a partnership between ATLA and Boston College. The database is an indispensable research and bibliographic aid for scholars, librarians, clergy and students of the New Testament and its historical milieu. The database contains more than 44,000 article abstracts, 1,200 review abstracts, 16,500 book abstracts, and 50 software abstracts. Each year an additional 2,000 articles from more than 500 periodicals in numerous languages are selected for inclusion. In addition, approximately 900 current books are also summarized annually. Article coverage in the database dates back to 1985.
PsycINFOThis database is published by the American Psychological Associations and provides comprehensive indexing and abstracts of the international psychological literature from the 1800s to the present.
This database is published by the American Psychological Associations and provides comprehensive indexing and abstracts of the international psychological literature from the 1800s to the present. Documents indexed include journals, articles, books, dissertations and more. 90% of the 3,000+ titles indexed in PsycINFO are peer-reviewed.
Sociological AbstractsThis database abstracts and indexes the international literature of sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.
This database abstracts and indexes the international literature of sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from thousands of serials publications and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, conference papers and working papers. Cited references are included for many journal articles.