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Religion and American Cultures

An Encyclopedia of Traditions, Diversity, and Popular Expressions

by Gary Laderman(ed.) ; Luis D. Leon(ed.)
Religion and American Cultures by Gary Laderman; Luis D. Leon
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The only multicultural survey of established and "new" American religions, this exhaustive three-volume encyclopedia explores the fascinating interaction between religion and ethnicity, regionalism, and popular culture. Pentecostalism, Zen, Sufism, Hare Krishnas. Dia de los Muertos, Wicca, roadside shrines, cyberspace. Worship in America is no longer just Protestantism, Catholicism, or Judaism. Today 96 percent of Americans believe in a higher power, yet less than 40 percent attend a weekly service. What, then, are our religious beliefs? Religion and American Cultures offers an unusual and engrossing journey across our country's religious landscape, past and present. A new spirit of religious diversity and multiculturalism stands alongside traditional institutions in this exhaustive three-volume set. The first volume explores America's multicultural communities and their sacred practices-not only Protestantism, Catholicism, and Judaism, but also Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. Spirituality in Latina/o, African American, Native American, and Asian American communities are also covered.

The second volume focuses on cultural aspects of religions, with topics including film, Generation X, public sacred spaces, sexuality, "new" religious expressions, and much more. Organized alphabetically, longer general interest anchor essays in both volumes are followed by several shorter, more specialized supplementary essays. The third volume is devoted to complementary primary source documents. Written by more than 150 of America's most prestigious religious scholars, these insightful and intriguing entries address contemporary spiritual practice and culture with a historical perspective.

ABC-CLIO; September 2003
1065 pages; ISBN 9781576078549
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Title: Religion and American Cultures
Author: Gary Laderman; Luis D. Leon