Religion in Contemporary America
- Publish Date: 2013-04-21
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Charles H. Lippy;Eric Tranby
This book provides a fresh, engaging multi-disciplinary introduction to religion in contemporary America.The chapters explore the roots of contemporary American religion from the 1950s up to the present day,looking at the major traditions including mainline Protestantism,the evangelical-pentecostal surge, Catholicism, Judaism, African-American religions and new religious movements.The authorsask whether Americans are becoming less religious, and how religious thought has moved from traditional systematic theology to approaches such asblack and feminist theology andenvironmental theology.The book introducesreligion and social theory, and explores key issues and themes such as: religion and social change; politics; gender; sexuality; diversity; race and poverty. Students and instructors will find the combination of historical and sociological perspectives an invaluable aid to understandingthis fascinating but complex field.