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  • Interfaith Advocacy: The Role of Religious Groups in the Political Processby Katherine E. Knutson

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 130.00

    Using the historic Minnesota state government shutdown of 2011 as a backdrop, Interfaith Advocacy describes the work of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, an interfaith advocacy group that brings together leaders from Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim traditions to advocate on behalf of a range of policies. With research based on... more...

  • Pillars of Faithby Nancy Tatom Ammerman

    University of California Press 2001; US$ 15.95

    At the close of the twentieth century the United States was, by all accounts, among the most religious of modern Western nations. Pillars of Faith describes the diversity of tradition and the commonality of organizational strategy that characterize the more than 300,000 congregations in the United States, arguing that they provide the social bonds,... more...

  • Mystics and Messiahsby Philip Jenkins

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 19.99

    This work gives an account of cults and anti-cult scares in American history. Contrary to popular belief, cults were by no means an invention of the 1960s. Most of the images and stereotypes surrounding religious fringe movements can be traced to the 19th century. more...

  • Sacred Companiesby N. J. Demerath; Peter Dobkin Hall; Terry Schmitt; Rhys H. Williams

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 134.99

    In the RELIGION IN AMERICA series this book addresses the organizational aspects of religion. Topics covered include the historical sources and patterns of US religious institutions, contemporary patterns of denominational authority and the interface between religious and secular institutions. more...

  • One Electorate Under God?by E.J. Jr. Dionne; Jean Bethke Elshtain; Kayla M. Drogosz

    Brookings Institution Press 2004; US$ 22.95

    Seeks to promote a greater understanding of American thinking about faith and public office in a pluralistic society. more...

  • Sects, Cults, and Spiritual Communitiesby William Zellner

    Greenwood Publishing Group 1998; US$ 110.00

    American society is culturally diverse, with a variety of religious denominations, sects, cults and self-help groups vying for members. This volume analyzes nine of these groups, chosen both for their intrinsic interest and because they illustrate a variety of sociological concepts. more...

  • Competitive Spiritsby R.Andrew Chesnut

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 34.99

    This text shows how the development of religious pluralism has radically transformed the "spiritual economy" of Latin America. In order to thrive in this new religious economy, says Chesnut, Latin American spiritual "firms" must develop an attractive product and know how to market. more...

  • New Religious Movements and Religious Liberty in Americaby Derek H. Davis; Barry Hankins

    Baylor University Press 2003; US$ 34.95

    New nontraditional religious movements are the most likely groups to offend mainstream culture and the least likely to have representatives in government to ensure that their liberty is protected. These new religious movements are sometimes ostracized and subject to various forms of discrimination. As America becomes increasingly pluralistic, with... more...

  • Pulpit and Politicsby Corwin E. Smidt

    Baylor University Press 2004; US$ 39.95

    Pulpit and Politics presents the most current and comprehensive examination of the religious beliefs and political behavior of American clergy at the advent of the new millennium. Based on data gathered during the 2000 Presidential election, this study examines the relationship between belief and behavior, theology and politics, religious commitments... more...

  • Religion as Social Capitalby Corwin E. Smidt

    Baylor University Press 2003; US$ 34.95

    While Robert Putnam's Bowling Alone (2000) highlighted the notion of volunteerism, little attention has been paid to religion's role in generating social capital-an ironic omission since religion constitutes the most common form of voluntary association in America today. Featuring essays by prominent social scientists, this is the first book-length... more...