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This encyclopedia, revised and expanded, contains over 2600 descriptive entries on the religious and spiritual groups of the United States and Canada.

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Genre: Religion
Author: J. Gordon Melton
Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA
Release: 2003
File: 1408 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015057946082

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Since its first publication in 1981, AMERICA: RELIGIONS AND RELIGION has become the standard introduction to the study of American religious traditions. Written by one of the foremost scholars in the field of American religions, this textbook has introduced thousands of students to the rich religious diversity that has always been a hallmark of the American religious experience. Beginning with native American religious traditions and following the course of America's religious history up to the present day, this text gives students the benefit of the author's extensive, influential scholarship in a clear manner that has proven to be readily accessible for today's undergraduates. This long-awaited new edition explores a variety recent events and developments, including increasing religious pluralism, the growth of postpluralism and the culture of religious combinations, recent religious change among Native Americans, renewed interest in the Kabbalah among Jews and others, present-day concerns in Catholicism and among Protestants, the Christian Right, new spirituality, religion and sexuality.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Catherine L. Albanese
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
Release: 1999
File: 549 Pages
ISBN-13: UVA:X004501177

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Preceded by three introductory essays and a chronology of major events in black religious history from 1618 to 1991, this A-Z encyclopedia includes three types of entries: * Biographical sketches of 773 African American religious leaders * 341 entries on African American denominations and religious organizations (including white churches with significant black memberships and educational institutions) * Topical articles on important aspects of African American religious life (e.g., African American Christians during the Colonial Era, Music in the African American Church)

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Genre: Religion
Author: Larry G. Murphy
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2013-11-20
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781135513382

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This is a collection of primary source documents in American religious history.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Ruth Marie Griffith
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release: 2008
File: 637 Pages
ISBN-13: IND:30000116727854

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A panoramic introduction to religion in America, newly revised and updated

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Genre: Religion
Author: Peter W. Williams
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Release: 2008
File: 658 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780252075513

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Nervous, inexperienced, confused. For most, losing your virginity is one of life's most significant moments, always to be remembered. Of course, experiences vary, but Laura Carpenter asks: Is there an ideal way to lose it? What would constitute a “positive” experience? What often compels the big step? And, further, what does “going all the way” really mean for young gays and lesbians? In this first comprehensive study of virginity loss, Carpenter teases out the complexities of all things virgin by drawing on interviews with both young men and women who are straight, gay or bisexual. Virginity Lost offers a rare window into one of life's most intimate and significant sexual moments. The stories here are frank, poignant and fascinating as Carpenter presents an array of experiences that run the gamut from triumphant to devastating. Importantly, Carpenter argues that one's experience of virginity loss can have a powerful impact on one's later sexual experiences. Especially at a time of increased debate about sexual abstinence versus safe sex education in public schools, this important volume will provide essential information about the sex lives of young people.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Tony Carnes
Publisher: NYU Press
Release: 2004-05-01
File: 399 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780814716304

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A multidisciplinary collection of essays examining the influence of Mexican American religion on Mexican American literature, art, politics, and popular culture.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Gastón Espinosa
Publisher: Duke University Press
Release: 2008-07-08
File: 443 Pages
ISBN-13: 0822341190

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Before Columbus, the Americas were populated by many indigenous cultures, with a great diversity of religions. After 1492, European governments and churches dominated religious life. While Roman Catholicism was the official religion, great religious hybridization occurred, mixing European, indigenous, and often African traditions into distinctly New World forms. Latin American Religions provides an introduction through documents to the historical development and contemporary expressions of religious life in South and Central America, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. A central feature of this text is its inclusion of both primary and secondary materials, including letters, sermons, journal entries, ritual manuals, and ancient sacred texts. These documents provide readers with direct access to the voices of adherents, enabling them to act as academic investigators, experiencing and interpreting the same texts on which historians draw. The documents are framed by substantive introductions which provide both historical context and theoretical insights for the study of these religions traditions and the ways in which they have developed over time. From the religious traditions of the Mayas and Aztecs and of the African diaspora, to official and popular Catholicism, to liberation theology, the rise of Pentecostalism, and emerging trends and new religious movements in Latin America, this new work offers a concise overview of this fascinating field.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Anna L. Peterson
Publisher: NYU Press
Release: 2008-08-03
File: 324 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780814767313

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Presents the history of the Native American religions, starting from their roots as tribal religions, and then details the detrimental effects of European colonization, the annihilation of the Native Americans that threatened the religions, and their restoration in the 20th 20th century.

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Genre: Indians of North America
Author: Paula Hartz
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2009
File: 145 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781438120539

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In a review in the Journal of Religion, the famed Martin Marty characterized Peter Williams as a productive wonder and America's Religions: Traditions and Cultures as a rich resource for readers who would like a 'state of the art' comment on the abundant religious phenomena which surround them.Writing in Religion and American Culture, Stephen J. Stein said the book is not a story of religion in isolation from the rest of American life, but a work that has as a major emphasis the theme of Americanization, of the symbiotic relationship between religions and cultures.Williams's book widely considered the best of its kind, is a comprehensive introduction to the religious history of the United States and the traditions out of which it arose, from colonial times through the late twentieth century. Now including an updated bibliography, it presents descriptions of major religious traditions and introduces distinctive American innovations. Included are not only Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, but African American, Native American, and Asian American traditions. The peace churches, liberal churches, and Mormonism also are discussed.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Peter W. Williams
Publisher:
Release: 1990
File: 488 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105023109296

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