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Recent Themes in American Religious History
Historians in Conversation

Edited by Randall J. Stephens

Groundbreaking scholarship into the role of religion in shaping U.S. history

Described as "the New York Review of Books for history," Historically Speaking has emerged as one of the most distinctive historical publications in recent years, actively seeking out contributions from a pantheon of leading voices in historical discourse from both inside and outside academia. Recent Themes in American Religious History represents some of the best writing of recent years on understanding the context and importance of religious thought, movements, and figures in the American historical narrative.

This collection of essays and interviews from Historically Speaking address several subjects central to religious history in the Unites States. The first section maps the state of American religious history as a field of study and includes interviews with award-winning senior religious studies scholars Robert Orsi and Stephen Prothero. Subsequent sections explore the challenges of assimilation faced by Jews and Catholics in the United States, the origins and historical significance of American evangelical Christianity, and the phenomenon of millennialism in America. The volume concludes with a discussion of religious experience as an indicator of the limits of historical understanding, and of the tension that exists between the two modes of knowing.

Edited by Randall J. Stephens, Recent Themes in American Religious History will appeal to students, scholars, and general readers of American history, American studies, and religious studies.

An associate professor of history at Eastern Nazarene College, Randall J. Stephens is an editor of the Journal of Southern Religion and Historically Speaking and the author of The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South.



book jacket for Recent Themes in American Religious History


6 x 9
160 pages
ISBN 978-1-57003-869-3
paperback, $24.95s

Historians in Conversation
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Kathleen Garces-Foley
Nicholas Guyatt
Thomas S. Kidd
Thomas Kselman
Bruce Kuklick
George Marsden
Wilfred M. McClay
John McGreevy
Robert A. Orsi
James M. O'Toole
Stephen Prothero
Leo P. Ribuffo
Jonathan D. Sarna
Christopher Shannon
Jane Shaw
Stephen J. Stein
John G. Turner

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