America: Religions and Religion (4th Edition) by Catherine L. Albanese

By Catherine L. Albanese

For the reason that its first ebook in 1981, the USA: RELIGIONS AND faith has develop into the normal advent to the learn of yankee non secular traditions. Written through one of many best students within the box of yankee religions, this textbook has brought millions of scholars to the wealthy non secular range that has constantly been an indicator of the yankee spiritual adventure. starting with local American non secular traditions and following the process America's non secular historical past as much as the current day, this article supplies scholars the advantage of the author's huge, influential scholarship in a transparent demeanour that has confirmed to be simply available for today's undergraduates. This long-awaited re-creation explores a range fresh occasions and advancements, together with expanding non secular pluralism, contemporary spiritual switch between local american citizens, the improvement of Islam in the United States, Jewish renewal and "post-ethnic" Judaism, the "emergent church" move between liberal evangelicals, the extended position of ladies in Catholic groups, and the expansion of "new spirituality."

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The “other” force that saved a difficult situation was called ­religious. And the rituals through which the other power or powers were contacted were religious rituals. But territorial boundaries were only one kind of border with which ­people dealt. There were also the limits of their own bodies, the boundaries of skin, ­muscle, and bone that separated each person in a group from every other person. Crossing the boundary of one’s body could not be avoided: it happened An Elephant in the Dark 3 Introduction 4 Introduction every day in the simple acts of eating and drinking, of defecating, or of having sexual intercourse.

Or they may be destructive, negating life as most people understand it. Asking questions and making judgments about religion are human tasks that need to be performed. Finding American Religion We have been pursuing the meaning of the term religion, but so far we have paid little attention to the United States. Now it is time to reflect more on American ­religion and what is religious about it. ) 11 Many Religions and One Religion Introduction American religious history, in this text, is the paradoxical story of the manyness of religions and the oneness of religion.

Here we see people deal with troubling issues by turning not to sectarian communities where ethnic bonds could be cultivated but ­instead to homesteads in their own minds. By doing so, they could combine elements from different spiritual traditions and create an inner world where they could find meaning and solace. By turning within, people sought a safe haven as the United States continually changed. An Elephant in the Dark Part Three picks up the story and stories at the end of the nineteenth century, when religions outside western Europe became more visibly present.

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