Religions of the United States in Practice, Volume 1

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Colleen McDannell
Princeton University Press, Nov 25, 2001 - Religion - 528 pages

Religions of the United States in Practice is a rich anthology of primary sources with accompanying essays that examines religious behavior in America. From praying in an early American synagogue to performing Mormon healing rituals to debating cremation, Volume 1 explores faith through action from Colonial times through the nineteenth century.


The documents and essays consider the religious practices of average people--praying, singing, healing, teaching, imagining, and persuading. Some documents are formal liturgies while other texts describe more spontaneous religious actions. Because religious practices also take place in the imagination, dreams, visions, and fictional accounts are also included.


Accompanying each primary document is an essay that sets the religious practice in its historical and theological context--making this volume ideal for classroom use and accessible to any reader. The introductory essays explain the various meanings of religious practices as lived out in churches and synagogues, in parlors and fields, beside rivers, on lecture platforms, and in the streets.



Religions of the United States in Practice offers a sampling of religious perspectives in order to approximate the living texture of popular religious thought and practice in the United States. The history of religion in America is more than the story of institutions and famous people. This anthology presents a more nuanced story composed of the everyday actions and thoughts of lay men and women.

 

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Contents

The Amidah in Colonial American Synagogues
11
SeventeenthCentury Puritan Conversion Narratives
22
The Book of Common Prayer and EighteenthCentury Episcopalians
32
The Green Corn Ceremony of the Muskogees
48
The Way of Holiness The Friday Meeting
67
Reception of Novices into the Order of the Sisters of St Benedict
74
Songs of Devotion Praise and Protest
87
English Hymnody in Early America
89
Health Happiness and the Miraculous
267
The Spiritual Meanings of Illness in EighteenthCentury New England
269
Supernaturalism and Healing in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints
299
Christian Physiology and Diet Reform
310
Sickness Death and Illusion in Christian Science
320
The Miracles of St Anthony of Padua
337
The Unseen World
345
The Life and Death of Mother Marie de Saint Joseph
347

The 1842 Hymnal of Penina Moise
108
Catholic Song in the Antebellum United States
122
African American Spirituals
138
Ojibwe Funerary Hymn Singing
150
Temperance Songs and Hymns
158
Learning How to Live Correctly
169
The Celebration of Marriage in the Dutch Reformed Church
171
The Visions of Plentycoups
181
Mary Anne Sadliers Advice for Irish Catholic Girls
197
John Humphrey Noyes the Oneida Community and Male Continence
218
Is Life Worth Living?
234
In His Steps A Social Gospel Novel
253
Possession Witchcraft and the Demonic in Puritan Religious Culture
366
Speech of SoseHaWa and the Code of Handsome Lake
402
A Methodist Dream of Heaven and Homeland
417
African American Vision Stories
426
Witnessing Controversies and Polemics
443
Native American Visionary Experience and Christian Missions
445
American AntiCatholic Pornography
452
The Christian Doctrine of Slavery
466
Trance Lecturers in Antebellum America
483
The Cremation versus Burial Debate
492
Index
505
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Colleen McDannell is Sterling M. McMurrin Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of History at the University of Utah. She is the author of Material Christianity: Religion and Popular Culture in America and The Christian Home in Victorian America: 1840-1900 and a coauthor of Heaven: A History.

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