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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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

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READ MAY 2010 Well written depiction of religion in the nineteenth and twentieth century using the Methodist, Catholic, and Baptist as a case study to show the sect-church theory. Best quote ... 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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