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By Catherine L. Albanese

ISBN-10: 1133050026

ISBN-13: 9781133050025

On the grounds that its first e-book in 1981, the USA: RELIGIONS AND faith has develop into the traditional advent to the learn of yank spiritual traditions. Written by way of one of many superior students within the box of yank religions, this textbook has brought hundreds of thousands of scholars to the wealthy non secular range that has continuously been a trademark of the yankee spiritual adventure. starting with local American spiritual traditions and following the process America's spiritual background as much as the current day, this article supplies scholars the advantage of the author's broad, influential scholarship in a transparent demeanour that has confirmed to be quite simply available for today's undergraduates. This long-awaited new version explores a spread fresh occasions and advancements, together with expanding non secular pluralism, fresh non secular swap 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 elevated position of ladies in Catholic groups, and the expansion of "new spirituality."

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Religion cannot be defined very easily because it thrives both within and outside of boundaries. It crosses the boundaries that definitions want to set because, paradoxically, it, too, concerns boundaries. The boundaries of religion, however, are different from the logical boundaries of good definitions. In the end, religion is a feature that encompasses seemingly endless overlapping aspects of human life. It exists in organized and informal versions, among rich and poor, with thisworldly and otherworldly orientations, and so forth.

Special dreams became ceremonies by being acted out. Sacred stories became history, and history was changed into sacred stories. Native American religions proclaimed the deceptiveness of appearances.

It is in this spirit that we need to go forward. We begin at the beginning, therefore, with the religions of Native Americans. An Elephant in the Dark 17 Introduction Keystone-Mast Collection, UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside Ellis Island, 1907. New York’s Ellis Island was the main port of entry for European immigrants at the ­beginning of the twentieth century. Part One MANYNESS: THE ORIGINAL CAST From the first, a central feature of American history was the manyness of ­American religions.

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