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500 Years of Religion in America
PILGRIMS IN THEIR OWN LAND 500 Years of Religion in America
500 Years of Religion in
  • Hardback book with Dust Jacket by Martin E. Marty
  • Over 500 pages

" Martin Marty, renowned historian and writer on religion, explores in this fascinating and unparalleled account the people and events that carved the spiritual landscape of America.
In an enlightening narrative that follows the American people from their roots in Europe, Asia, and Africa right up to the present, Marty unfolds the integral role religion has played in shaping the philosophy, values, and laws Americans adhere to today.
In religious terms, America was, and in every way continues to be, "a new world."
As Marty points out, "never before in history have so many different religious groups had to coexist.
Seldom have even several done so with so little bloodshed, even as the believers were able to hold to their faiths with integrity."

To see how this happened, Marty takes the reader on a chronological pilgrimage through history that features vivid and candid accounts of the lives of the nation's religious leaders.
Beginning with native beliefs, the Pilgrims, Jonathan Edwards, the Calvinists, Lutheranism, the Catholicism of the early French and Spanish explorers, the conquerors and subsequent rise of missionaries, civil religions advocated by Franklin and Jefferson, the Quakers and the role of abolitionists during the Civil War, Marty moves on into the late nineteenth and then the early twentieth century, outlining the influence exerted by the early Catholic and Jewish immigrants, by Mary Baker Eddy and the Christian Scientists, and by the smaller sects such as the Mormons and Seven-Day Adventists.
Marty then proceeds to examine the lives and significance of contemporary spiritual leaders such as Billy Graham, Father Coughlin, Cardinal Spellman, Thomas Merton, and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as the impact of Eastern cults, the Moral Majority, and the rise of television evangelists.

Although it focuses on the leaders of America's spiritual pilgrims, Marty's narrative reveals even more about the ideals of the people they have guided. Written with impeccable scholarship and an engrossing reading style, Pilgrims in Their Own Land explains with insight how Americans came to be religious and what that has meant to the national character. "

Contents includes:

" Preface

1. The First Migrants

2. A Crowned Cross

3. The Conqueror versus the Missionary

4. Holy Wars and Sacred Piracies

5. Establishing Colonies

6. Pilgrimages of Dissent

7. The End of the Catholic Missionary Road

8. A Matter of Choice

9. Three Revolutions

10. Into the West and the World

11. Beyond Existing Bounds

12. A Century of Exclusion

13. Adapting to America

14. Crises in the Protestant Empire

15. Healing the Restless

16. The Dream of One Kingdom

17. A Season of Conflicts

18. The American Ways of Life

19. Always a Horizon

20. New Paths for Old Pilgrimages

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This book came from a church library and has a few church stampings and markings.
The book is still in pretty nice condition with some aging spots on the side edges of the pages, mostly visible from the side view.
The dust jacket has minor wear along the edges and is slightly dirty due to aging.
No torn or ripped pages.

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