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Gary Laderman & Luis Len, "Religion and American Cultures: An Encyclopedia of Traditions, Diversity, and Popular Expressions"
ABC-CLIO (2003) | 3 Volume Set | English | ISBN: 157607854X | 1068 pages | PDF | 13 MB
The only multicultural survey of established and "new" American religions, this exhaustive three-volume encyclopedia explores the fascinating interactions between religion and ethnicity, gender, regionalism, and popular culture.
Pentecostalism, Zen, Sufism, Hare Krishnas. Da 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 a unique 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 religious practices—not only Protestantism, Catholicism, and Judaism, but also Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. Spirituality in Latino, African American, Native American, and Asian American communities is covered as well. 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 the first two volumes are followed by several shorter, more specialized supplementary essays. The third volume is devoted to complementary primary source documents. Written by more than 120 of America's most prestigious religious scholars, these insightful and intriguing entries address contemporary spiritual practice and culture with a historical perspective.
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