The Restructuring of American Religion: Society and Faith Since World War II

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Princeton University Press, 1989 - 374 Seiten
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"[The Restructuring of American Religion] is the most expansive and one of the most profound inquiries into the condition of American religious structure since World War II. . . . To carry on debates about this structure now without reference to Wuthnow would be to attempt to track a landscape of near-chaos without using the best available road map and set of markers. It is likely that we will be citing "Wuthnow' as we have been referring eponymically to major interpretations of "Herberg' or "Berger' or "Bellah.'" --Martin Marty, Religious Studies Review "This book is the most significant interpretation of recent American religious history available". --John M. Mulder, Theology Today "An extremely penetrating, nuanced, and largely convincing account of what is really happening to American religion--an account worthy of comparison with, say, Herberg's Protestant-Catholic-Jew, or H. Richard Niebuhr's The Social Sources of Denominationalism, although Wuthnow's argument ultimately supersedes both". --Wilfred M. McClay, Commentary
 

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In a study funded by the Lilly Endowment, Wuthnow (sociology, Princeton) provides a careful analysis of the heritage of American religious life, the forces influencing it since World War II, and ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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The Question of Restructuring
3
Heritage and Vision
14
A Vision of Promise and Peril
35
Conscience and Conviction in Public Life
54
The Declining Significance of Denominationalism
71
The Growth of Special Purpose Groups
100
The Great Divide Toward Religious Realignment
132
Mobilization on the Right
173
Fueling the Tensions
215
Civil Religion Two Cheers for America
241
From Civil Religion to Technological Legitimacy
268
A Broader Context Politics and Faith
297
Notes
323
Selected Bibliography
361
Index
369
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