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

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Rutgers University Press, 1992 - Religion - 328 pages
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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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