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Pilgrims in Their Own Land: 500 Years of Religion in America

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Pilgrims in Their Own Land is Martin E. Marty's vivid chronological account of the people and events that carved the spiritual landscape of America. It is in one sense a study of migration, with each wave of immigrants bringing a set of religious beliefs to a new world. The narrative unfolds through sharply detailed biographical vignettes—stories of religious "pathfinders, ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 6th 1985 by Penguin Books (first published 1984)
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An excellent book that covers the development and progress of religion in the United States. I highly recommend this for those interested in the topic but two things stand out in my memory about the book. The first, Marty's thesis that Abraham Lincoln, a member of no denomination, stands as the central contemporary figure in American religious life. The second was Marty's struggle to describe Mormonism respectfully as a good ecumenicist should while pointing out suspicious elements in Joseph Smi ...more
Richard White
Apr 12, 2011 Richard White rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: history buffs, Religious history buffs,
Recommended to Richard by: a patriot
So far, this is one of the better history records of religion in America. It gives an overview through the development of the country with different perspectives from the various churches and their influences at specific times. Reads a little slow because you want to catch the detailed interaction that is being explained. So far, so good!
Lissa Chandler
I read this for a class, paired with thicker volume set pertaining to the same subject, and I can honestly say this is one of the best history books I've ever read that attempts to span such a large time period.
Peter Davis
I found this to be a good survey of religious movements in the 13 colonies that would become the United States. It would be nice to see more details about the land that would become the states of Hawaii and Alaska.
Feb 25, 2008 Elizabeth marked it as to-read
The author is a professor at the University of Chicago, who gave the Harper Lecture for the University of Chicago Alumni Association in Baltimore on immigrants, strangers, aliens, and hospitality.
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Excellent research for the period! Very accessible!
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Martin Emil Marty is an American Lutheran religious scholar who has written extensively on 19th century and 20th century American religion. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1956, and served as a Lutheran pastor from 1952 to 1962 in the suburbs of Chicago. From 1963 to 1998 he taught at the University of Chicago Divinity School, held an endowed chair, and now holds emeritus sta ...more
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