Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-0-7425-5059-9 • Paperback • January 2006 • $50.00 • (£38.00)
978-0-7425-8353-5 • eBook • January 2006 • $47.50 • (£37.00)
Lynn Bridgers is assistant professor of pastoral ministries and religious education at St. Thomas University in Miami and is author of Contemporary Varieties of Religious Experience.
Chapter 1 In Sun & Shadow
Chapter 2 Calvin in New England
Chapter 3 Piety in Pennsylvania
Chapter 4 John Wesley & the Methodists
Chapter 5 Jonathan Edwards, Congregationalism & the Evangelical Tradition
Chapter 6 The Amish & the Mennonites
Chapter 7 The Quakers & the Shakers
Chapter 8 Bacon, Swedenborg & Transcendentalism
Chapter 9 Catholic-Anti-Catholic
Chapter 10 American Judaism
Chapter 11 Anglican to Episcopal
Chapter 12 Lutherans, Germans & Scandinavians
Chapter 13 Evolution of the Black Church
Chapter 14 Baptists & Baptism
Chapter 15 Pentecostals & the Holiness Movement
Chapter 16 The California Missions & the Hispanic Southwest
Chapter 17 Raids, Ghosts & Renewal
Chapter 18 Mormon Country
Chapter 19 Gold Mountain
Chapter 20 Pluralism & Periphery
Imagine a history of religion in the United States which is both comprehensive and inclusive without being superficial, which is clear and readable without sacrificing historical scholarship and without 'dumbing down!' This is Lynn Bridger's The American Religious Experience. It is a stunning achievement!
— Charles D. Hackett, Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University
Lynn Bridgers has produced a beautifully written and wonderfully inclusive study of America's multiple religious traditions in both their diverse origins and complex development. Always fair and judicious, this first-rate work will be of particular benefit as a supplementary text for college and advanced secondary students. The author's sensitivity to theological nuance and denominational difference is particularly impressive. This book deserves a wide readership.
— Thomas Buckley, SJ, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley
Provides much life and color to the 'American religious landscape,' to use one of the author's favorite phrases. Students will find much here to inform and entertain them.
— The Catholic Historical Review
Engaging, readable survey of the American religious landscape, mapping of its major movements, and detailing of the multicultural religious free-for-all that has produced today's complexities, apt for classroom or general interest.
— Russell E. Richey, Candler School of Theology, Emory University