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

Front Cover
Roger Finke
Rutgers University Press, 1992 - Religion - 328 pages
5 Reviews
Winner, The Distinguished Book Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion If Roger Finke and Rodney Stark are right, the current understanding of American religious history ought to be turned upside down . . . a pugnacious book. --Peter Steinfels, The New York Times A major reevaluation of American religious history . . . essential reading. --Kirkus Reviews This unique book revises some traditional interpretations and should appeal to both interested laypersons and scholars. Recommended. --Library Journal A brilliant and revolutionary analysis of the social history of American religion, one which will become required reading. . . . The conclusion--that organized religion has been enormously successful in American society . . . challenges all conventional wisdom. . . . When Stark and Finke are finished there are a lot of dearly held theories and prejudices that have been reduced to rubble. --Andrew M. Greeley, The University of Chicago Will make a tremendous impact. . . . The authors convincingly challenge the biggest names in the field and show how an 'establishment' bias has blinded them to the real underlying pluralist trends among Christian denominations. --Robert Swierenga, Kent State University Compels a serious rewriting of the history of religion in America . . . a tour de force. --Jeffrey K. Hadden, University of Virginia Roger Finke is a professor of sociology and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University. Robert Stark is professor of sociology and comparative religion at the University of Washington.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

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

User Review  - Jorden - Goodreads

What part did religion play in the founding of our nation? This book is an in-depth look to the nation's religious history. A very interesting read: the cycle and nature of religion from an economic perspective. Read full review

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


A New Approach to American Religious History
The Colonial Era Revisited
The Upstart Sects Win America 17761850
The Coming of the Catholics 18501926
Methodists Transformed Baptists Triumphant
Why Unification Efforts Fail
Why Mainline Denominations Decline
Profile Tables 1776 and 1850
Reference List

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1992)

Rodney Stark is Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University, where he is codirector of the Institute for Studies of Religion. He is the author of over thirty books on the history and sociology of religion, including "God's Battalions" and "Discovering God", which won the 2008 Award of Merit for Theology/Ethics from "Christianity Today".

Bibliographic information