The Churching of America, 1776-1990: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy

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Roger Finke
Rutgers University Press, 1992 - Religion - 328 pages
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Impressive . . . bound to generate lively discussion--and not a little controversy--within the nation's church community.

  

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Review: The Churching of America, 1776-1990: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy

User Review  - Greg Coates - Goodreads

Here is a text guaranteed to offend the refined sensibilities of academic elites, which is precisely why I so enjoyed reading it. Bold, assertive, and hard-hitting in its claims, Finke and Stark ... Read full review

Review: The Churching of America, 1776-1990: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy

User Review  - Stephen Cranney - Goodreads

Stark and Finke overturn so much conventional wisdom in this book it's hard to know where to start. Suffice it to say, required reading for anybody with an interest in religious history in the US or ... Read full review

Contents

A New Approach to American Religious History
1
The Colonial Era Revisited
22
The Upstart Sects Win America 17761850
54
The Coming of the Catholics 18501926
109
Methodists Transformed Baptists Triumphant
145
Why Unification Efforts Fail
199
Why Mainline Denominations Decline
237
Profile Tables 1776 and 1850
277
Notes
289
Reference List
297
Index
317
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Rodney Stark is the Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University. His thirty books on the history and sociology of religion include The Rise of Christianity, Cities of God, For the Glory of God, Discovering God, and The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success. Stark received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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