World Religions in America: An Introduction

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World-class contributors highlight the many religious traditions, both old and new, that are currently practiced in the United States. New features include a timeline of key events and people for each religious tradition; sidebars on major religious movements or controversies; personal stories from members of various faiths; a user-friendly theme based organization of subject matter; more subheads to assist students in finding information; three new chapters exploring America's increasing religious diversity; suggested websites, books, and topics for further study. Facebook Instagram Twitter.

Sign In Register Help Basket. Basket items. Toggle navigation. Note: Cover may not represent actual copy or condition available. Westminster John Knox Pr. Used - Very Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Religion and Politics in America Andrew M. Greeley This church certainly qualifies as a world religion, given that more Mormons now live overseas than in the United States.

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And it is a world religion that began in America, the most successful of all the religions, the history of which commences here, so it contains special lessons on that account. In this way we have presented new views on world religions in America. Third, in addition to making the book more comprehensive, we have attempted to make the book accessible to students by adding illustrations at the start of each chapter. We have also used a larger, double-column format that is easier to read, and added a glossary as a helpful reference tool for students. It remains for me, as editor, to express my pride in the work of the colleagues who made this book, both the authors of its chapters and the publisher.

The success of the book as it enters its second edition augurs well for the study of religion not only in colleges and universities but also in secondary schools, where we hope to find our readers, too. It is right and proper to name each one. The literary editor of this book is Naomi Pasachoff. She read each chapter as it came in and corresponded with the various authors, making numerous important suggestions for the improvement of the early drafts.

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An accomplished textbook writer in her own career, she brought to the study of religion those skills of presentation to students that have made her one of the country's leading writers of science textbooks, and textbooks for the synagogues' schools of Judaism. We were fortunate indeed to have her participation in this volume, and all of the authors join me in expressing our thanks to her. The study-guide material and the Glossary are the work of Dr. Mark Ledbetter.


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The weight of his contribution may be simply stated: Without it, the book would be much less effective as an instrument of teaching. All parties to the book concur that he has given us just what we needed, and it is his skill as a teacher that has shaped the study-guide material. My thinking about the need for a project of just this kindcombining the study of world religions with a close reading of religions in Americawas shaped in conversations with Professor William Scott Green of the University of Rochester.

No detail of the planning of this book, the definition of its purpose, the outline of its chapters, and its execution throughout, was finally defined without discussion with him. He has served not only as a consultant, but as an active partner in the conception and completion of the book.

A word of thanks and admiration goes, also, to the authors of the various chapters. I learned about religion, as well as about the study and teaching of religion, from each chapter in succession as it reached me. First, all authors kept to our timetable, and none caused a day of delay, so we were able to produce the book within that precise schedule projected at the outset.

Readers who have organized academic projects will know what high praise that simple sentence accords to every author in this book. Second, each one of them gave thought to the program and problems of the book, responding to my questions and taking up my intellectual challenge for them: Can we talk to young Americans about the things they see and know from day to day, so that out of the known they may learn about what the here and now represents? Can we discover the character of religion throughout the world through the facts of religions in America? Those who use this book will concur that every author answered these questions, and that all of them did so in an imaginative and passionate way.

I wanted the authors to write out of emotion and commitment, as well as objective learningto tell young people what they cared about and why, not only what they know and how they know it. Every chapter in this book has met that aspiration. If the book engages its intended audience, it is because each of these authors has responded to the challenge, and I am proud to have worked with all of them. Beyond what I owe to all of them equally, I am personally obligated to three of the authors. Professor Andrew M. Greeley of the University of Chicago was my other conversation partner in the formation of the book; most of what I know about religion in America, how it should be studied, and why it is important, I learned from his writings and from conversation and letters exchanged with him.

It is from his imaginative and original thought that I got the idea for the book to begin with. Professor Martin Marty made a contribution to my chapter that he cannot have realized he was offering. When I conceived of this book, I did not know whether or not anyone could carry it off. I wanted every American student to find himself or herself in the pages of this book. I wanted the book to express passion and commitment to learning about religion as a critical component of intellectual life.

I also did not know whether I personally could write a chapter that would serve. I had no model in my own mind for what I needed to do; I knew only that we, and I, faced a mighty worthwhile challenge in writing. The first of the chapters to come back to me camepredictablyfrom Professor Marty, who is justly famed in the study of religion both for the quantity and the quality of his writing, and also for the vitality and excellence of his thinking. His chapter assured me that the project was feasible, because he provided precisely the kind of writing that I had hoped to elicit for the book.

Once I read his chapter, I knew the work could be done, and I also had a model for my own chapter. I do not claim to write nearly so powerfully as he does, but he at least gave me a standard by which to measure my own work. Shortly after he signed the contract, he died suddenly and unexpectedly. Left with a deadline I wanted to preserve and an unassigned chapter I deemed essential to the bookOrthodox Christianity sometimes being slighted in the study of Christianity in the world todayI turned to Professor Jaroslav Pelikan.

Overburdened with a vast range of important scholarly projects, he accepted the assignment and produced a chapter that admirably met the needs of the book. Professor Pelikan's willingness to take up the burden at the last minute represents a gift beyond the measure of the law, and I am thankful to him for his understanding and cooperation. It remains to express my thanks, finally, to my own university, the University of South Florida, and to its Department of Religious Studies.

This book was born out of what I learned about teaching when I came to Florida. In a university shaped by a commitment to public servicewe call ourselves ''the full service university on the urban frontier"and committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship for that massive public that we uniquely address, I undertook a different and, I think, a more adult kind of teaching: students of all ages, conventional and unconventional, bringing to me all sorts of commitments and motivations, capacities and concerns.

In this university, which is more profoundly American than any that I knew before, and is more deeply committed to the future of this country than some places framed around considerations of preferment and status, a book such as this became possible.

Indeed, it became necessary. Not only so, but in doing my work as organizer and editor of numerous projects in academic learning and teaching, I have found generous support. In times of fiscal crisis, the University of South Florida has provided a large research expense fund, as well as other media of practical assistance for my work. I express my thanks to the administration and faculty of the University of South Florida for giving to me and my work a warm welcome and for securing a long-term future in a most comfortable and generous setting in which to pursue it.

Nothing that I have done since coming here in would have been possible in any prior setting in my career. Most, though not all, Americans say they are religious, and the world's religions flourish in today's America. Most Americans would agree that "in God we trust. This book does not advocate religion, or any particular religion. Its purpose is only to describe and explain religion as an important factor in American society.

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They believe in God. They pray. They practice a religion.

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They explain what happens in their lives by appeal to God's will and word and work, and they form their ideal for the American nation by reference to the teachings of religion: "one nation, under God. Americans act on their religious beliefs. Nearly all Americans A majority prays from day to day and week to week. Most Christians go to church every week; nearly all Jews observe the Passover festival and most keep the Days of Awe New Year, Day of Atonement and other religious celebrations.

Religiosity is a fundamental trait of the American people and has been from the very beginning.