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The Religious History of America: The Heart of the American Story from Colonial Times to Today

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In this landmark work, award-winning Princeton historian Leigh Schmidt teams up with eminent American religious history scholar Edwin Gaustad to produce a fully revised, updated, and expanded version of a modern classic. First published in 1966, The Religious History of America made the religious dimensions of our common history readily accessible to a generation of reader ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by HarperOne (first published 1966)
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Sean Hall
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another must read for knowledge of this country and the development of religion within.
Brad Hart
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good general history on the history of religion in America. No new groundbreaking revelations but a solid history nonetheless.
Steven
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Great survey of America's fraught religious history--especially good for those of us with no particular background (or interest) in the subject. But if you need to get a sense of the nuts and bolts, Guastad and Schmidt render what can be a confusing, not to mention frustrating, area of study into a very accessible timeline of events.

Unlike other American surveys which hardly deviate from mainline Protestant histories, Gaustad presents a more cosmopolitan overview, and to that extent, a more accu
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Greg Dill
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book that gives a general overview of America's religious history. Beginning from the first European explorers and settlers upon the New World and ending with the great mass of plurality of religious faith and spirituality that makes America distinct from the rest of the world. Shows both the good and bad religion has played on the American landscape. Has a lot of great historical pictures and illustrations as well. This book comes highly recommended for both the casual reader and/or t ...more
Carl Hovey
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good introduction to the religious history of the United States. Not my area of most interest, so, can't say much more that's particularly inspiring. You won't hate it, and, unless you're a scholar of church history, you probably won't love it.
Mac
Good writing, a broad scope, and a generous use of pictures make this a nice undergrad level textbook on the topic. The book's emphasis is on religious diversity and the perspective is progressive/liberal but not in a way that's overly problematic most of the time.
Joe Paulk
Mar 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is an excellent well-rounded survey of American religious history. While in no way concise, it wasn't intended to be and is an excellent reference tool. It could use a new edition, but then again, a second volume may be needed just for the last twenty years.
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Ben Brandenburg
the best survey of american religious history
Daniel Bates
good book on history of religion in america, a little dry
Brent McCulley
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This was a very helpful history of the religious history of America and the impact on culture. This will mostly likely stay on my shelf for a reference.
James Coats
Good, comprehensive history.
Matt Crawford
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great survey of America s history in regards to Christianity though he dies jump around a bit on the timeline
Justinglenn
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leans slightly to the liberal side in evaluating the history of religion in America, particularly when it comes to the 20th century. But it's a good overview.
Emilee
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!!! It was rather extensive, but definitely one of my favorites.
Lissa
Jun 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, we-own
Gaustad catalogs all the main events and characters in America's religious history in this survey volume, successfully giving readers a fairly sound understanding on the subject.
Scott Lewis
This is a nice review of the subject, with some unique historical illustrations. Fine scholarship, but there are citations for the many intriguing quotations.
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