The Story of Religion in America (Paper)

An Introduction

  • 9780664264666
  • 7.5 x 9.25
  • 43.75
  • Paper
  • 0664264662
  • 11/30/2021
  • Pre-Order
$ 40.00


Written primarily for undergraduate classes in American religious history and organized chronologically, this new textbook presents the broad scope of the story of religion in the American colonies and the United States. While following certain central narratives, including the long shadow of Puritanism, the competition between revival and reason, and the defining role of racial and ethnic diversity, the book tells the story of American religion in all its historical and moral complexity. To appeal to its broad range of readers, this textbook includes charts, timelines, and suggestions for primary source documents that will lead readers into a deeper engagement with the material. Unlike similar history books, The Story of Religion in America pays careful attention to balancing the story of Christianity with the central contributions of other religions.


This superbly written and well documented volume offers students inside and outside the classroom a fascinating introduction to religion in America. The book surveys  traditional themes such as revivalism,  religious liberty, denominations, pluralism, and theological disputes, within the larger context immigration, politics, dissent, women's roles and voices, race, and civil rights. Certain primary sources are cited throughout the text, and creatively made available online. 

Bill J. Leonard, Professor of Divinity Emeritus, School of Divinity, Wake Forest University

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