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Nativism and Religion in America  

Rodger M. Payne

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Feb 2017
Nativism describes an ideology that favors the rights and privileges of the “native born” population over and against those of “foreign” status, however these categories might be defined ... More

Natural Space and Religion in North America  

Joseph Witt

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Nov 2017
Raymond Williams once noted that “nature” remains one of the most complex words in the English language. While “nature” may commonly refer to nonhuman places, or spaces largely outside of ... More

Nature and Religion in America  

Brett Grainger

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Feb 2018
One of the most complex words in the English language, “nature” (sometimes personified as “Nature” or “Mother Nature”) has been central to developments in American religions. Despite their ... More

Online Media and Religion in America  

Adam Bajan and Heidi A. Campbell

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Jan 2018
New and emerging media has played a pivotal role in Christianity throughout history. In early times, the Christian message was disseminated directly from Jesus and his followers to growing ... More

Peace Movements and Religion in the United States  

Sharon Erickson Nepstad

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Oct 2017
Religious groups in the United States have been active in the cause of peace, particularly in the 20th century. These groups come from a variety of traditions, such as progressive ... More

Place and Spirituality in the Pacific Northwest  

Madeline Duntley

The challenges and benefits of the Pacific Northwest’s rugged but scenic terrain have received ample treatment in studies of religiosity in this region. The interplay of place and ... More

Popular Culture and Religion in America  

Lynn Schofield Clark and Seth M. Walker

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Jan 2018
“Popular culture” is a term that usually refers to those commercially produced items specifically associated with leisure, media, and lifestyle choices. To study religion in popular ... More

Primitivism in America  

Matthew Bowman

Historians most often use the term primitivism to refer to the attempt to reconstruct a religious tradition’s original theology, structure, or beliefs. Primitivists believe that the ... More

Print Media and Religion in America  

Elesha J. Coffman and Timothy D. Grundmeier

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Jan 2018
An extraordinary number of printed words about religion have been produced and consumed in the United States. Religious print media in America encompasses the Christian Bible (a perennial ... More

The Prosperity Gospel in America  

Kate Bowler

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Feb 2018
“Prosperity gospel” is a term used mostly by critics to describe a theology and movement based on the belief that God wants to reward believers with health and wealth. The prosperity ... More

Public Art and Religion in America  

Kymberly Pinder

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Jan 2018
Public art in the United States has a long and complicated history through which nationalism and public monuments have often been intertwined. The most prominent public art forms have been ... More

Race and American Judaism  

Samira K. Mehta

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Jan 2018
Jews in America have had a complex relationship to race. At times, they have been described as a racial minority, whereas at other times, they have been able to assimilate into the white ... More

Race and Catholicism in American History  

Justin D. Poché

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Feb 2018
Catholicism, as both an institution and a culture of popular beliefs, rituals, and values, has played an important role in the formation of racial boundaries in American society. The logic ... More

Race and Protestantism in America  

Lauren Frances Turek

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Nov 2017
The history of Protestantism in America is deeply intertwined with the histories of race and religious pluralism. Protestantism grew out of Martin Luther’s remonstrations against the Roman ... More

Race and Religion in the United States  

Ryan P. Jordan

For centuries before the European colonization of North America, sectarian, ethnic, and racial discrimination were interrelated. The proscription of certain groups based on their ... More

Race and Religion in U.S. Public Life  

Khyati Y. Joshi

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May 2018
Religion is front and center in the early 21st century. The United States not only has experienced an explosion of religious diversity on its own shores in the past five decades, but also ... More

Race, Class, Religion, and American Citizenship  

Janine Giordano Drake

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Feb 2017
As a nation grounded in the appropriation of Native land and the destruction of Native peoples, Christianity has helped define what it means to be “American” from the start. Even though ... More

Race, Culture, and Religion in the American South  

Paul Harvey

The South still commonly appears as the land of the Bible Belt, of evangelical Protestant hegemony. Despite the rapidly increasing immigration from all parts of the world to the region, ... More

Race, Immigration, Ethnicity, and Religion in America  

Russell Jeung and Jonathan Calvillo

In 2010, immigrants represented 13 percent of the United States population, and almost one in four American children lived at home with an immigrant parent. Over half of the population ... More

Race, Sectionalism, and Religion in America  

John L. Crow

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Feb 2017
Sectionalism denotes the division of a country, such as the United States, into sections based on shared cultures, religions, and racial, economic, and political identities. These sections ... More

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