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Winter 2020 Volume 30 Number 1

 

“Conservative Christianity and the Creation of Alternative News: An Analysis of Focus on the Family’s Multi-Media Empire,” By Susan B. Ridgely

ABSTRACT: In this article, I explore how, from 1977 through 2009, the conservative Christian media empire, Focus on the Family, acted as a model for and a creator of alternative news long before the 2016 election. In particular, since 1977, Focus linked proper Christianity with recognition of a world of hazards by defining danger as those people and institutions who refused to submit to God, especially feminists, secular universities, and the welfare state. Through the creation of a closed-media network, Focus taught Christian conservatives to see the mainstream news as undermining biblical Truth by espousing stories that supported postmodern relativism over God’s singular truth. Simultaneously, Focus generated its own news sources to fill the vacuum left by the mainstream with stories highlighting the political and social structures needed to support the Focus-defined traditional family. Soon, other conservative media outlets began using these frameworks to attract listeners and to add veracity to their stories. Although mainstream media portrayed Focus as passé by 2009, I argue that the model that Focus developed led seamlessly to the creation of Fox News and, later, to the formation of internet communities around outlets such as Breitbart and to the believability of Russian bots.

“From Aesthetics to Experience: How Changing Conceptions of Prayer Changed the Sound of Jewish Worship,” by Ari Y. Kelman and Jeremiah Lockwood

ABSTRACT: This article tracks changes in conceptions of American Jewish congregational prayer music during the second half of the twentieth century, paying specific attention to the late 1960s and early 1970s. During those years, more than fifty albums of new American Jewish synagogue music were released. These drew on the sounds of folk and rock music and they represented a shift from the sounds of classical cantorial synagogue music. These changes have largely been understood as a shift away from cantorial styles, which emphasized performance and virtuosity, and toward more accessible and more participatory forms of prayer. This article contributes to our understanding of the sounds of American Jewish prayer practices by attending to the larger discourses in which the musical changes were situated. By listening to the music, reading albums, liner notes, and contemporaneous writings about Jewish prayer music, we discover a shift in descriptions and expectations of how Jewish prayer ought to work from one that emphasizes the aesthetics of the music, to one that emphasizes the experience of the music. We argue that music is one element of a larger shift in how people who made music for congregational prayer understood prayer and how best to engage congregations in that practice.

“Capital & the Cathedral: Robert H. Schuller’s Continual Fundraising for Church Growth,” by Gerardo Marti​ and Mark T. Mulder

ABSTRACT: Robert H. Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, appeared to be the model of growth and stability among megachurches—until it imploded. Drawing on archival material and interviews, this article demonstrates how the seeming success of Schuller’s church growth philosophy was built on a precarious structure that demanded the continual management of flows of capital. In Schuller’s vision, a church’s capacity must always exceed a leader’s projected plan for growth. Large capital projects stimulate revenue, yet borrowed funds are required to accommodate growth in membership that will produce income to pay off loans later. As new members join, however, structures expand, placing increased strain on mobilizing the loyalty of a wider constituency to uphold the charisma-bearing enterprise. Ensuring the credibility of pastoral charisma requires ever expanding infrastructure, which, in turn, demands increased funding for programs, staff, and buildings—a vicious spiral, exacting enormous strains for sustaining the entire ministry.

“White Evangelicals as ‘a people’: The Church Growth Movement from India to the United States,” by Jesse Curtis

ABSTRACT: This article begins with a simple question: How did white evangelicals respond to the civil rights movement? Traditional answers are overwhelmingly political. As the story goes, white evangelicals became Republicans. In contrast, this article finds racial meaning in the places white evangelicals, themselves, insisted were most important: their churches. The task of evangelization did not stop for a racial revolution. What white evangelicals did with race as they tried to grow their churches is the subject of this article. Using the archives of the leading evangelical church growth theorists, this article traces the emergence and transformation of the Church Growth Movement (CGM). It shows how evangelistic strategies created in caste-conscious India in the 1930s came to be deployed in American metropolitan areas decades later. After first resisting efforts to bring these missionary approaches to the United States, CGM founder Donald McGavran embraced their use in the wake of the civil rights movement. During the 1970s, the CGM defined white Americans as “a people” akin to castes or tribes in the Global South. Drawing on the revival of white ethnic identities in American culture, church growth leaders imagined whiteness as pluralism rather than hierarchy. Embracing a culture of consumption, they sought to sell an appealing brand of evangelicalism to the white American middle class. The CGM story illuminates the transnational movement of people and ideas in evangelicalism, the often-creative tension between evangelical practices and American culture, and the ways in which racism inflected white evangelicals’ most basic theological commitments.

 

Autumn 2019 Volume 29 Number 3

“Daʿwa in the Neighborhood: Female-Authored Muslim Students’ Association Publications, 1963–1980,” by Justine Howe

ABSTRACT: Founded in 1963 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Muslim Students’ Association of the United States and Canada (MSA) expanded to 116 local chapters by 1968, with members representing more than forty countries. During the Cold War, the MSA embraced the project of daʿwa, or renewing and correcting other Muslims’ devotional practice, and improving the public image of Islam. Extant scholarship on the MSA portrays the organization as ambivalent, if not antagonistic, toward U.S. society during the Cold War because it was deeply enmeshed in the political and religious ideologies associated with the global Islamic Revival. This article offers a different view by examining female-authored writings published under the auspices of the MSA Women’s Committee between 1963 and 1980. Aspirational in scope and pedagogical in approach, MSA women’s literature shifts conceptions of the MSA’s political and religious priorities during this period, from one of detachment to one of selective engagement with American culture. This article makes three main interventions. First, it demonstrates that a focus on the publications of MSA female members yields a more robust understanding of how this important group of American Muslims envisioned daʿwa as a local and global project of religious revival during the Cold War. Second, it shows that, to achieve their revivalist aims, female MSA members identified points of affinity with certain religious non-Muslim Americans, namely, upwardly mobile Christians and Jews. For these authors, the ground on which they found affinity with families of other faiths was not theology or Abrahamic lineage but, rather, a shared gendered and classed vision of raising devout children to meet the unique threats posed by modernity. Finally, this article examines how female MSA authors conceived of the patriarchally organized yet maternally driven nuclear family as essential for reinvigorating Muslim practice.

“‘A Higher and Purer Shape’: Kaufmann Kohler’s Jewish Orientalism and the Construction of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America,” by Evan Goldstein

ABSTRACT: This article uses the case of Kaufmann Kohler (1843–1926), an intellectual and institutional leader of American Reform Judaism, to explore the relationship between Orientalism and the category of religion in nineteenth-century America. Recent scholarship has shown that the lived religion of nineteenth-century American Jews departs significantly from the ideological hopes of Jewish elites. Connecting the emerging portrait of nineteenth-century Jewish laity with elite arguments for American Judaism, I reconsider Kohler’s thought as a theological project out of step with his socioreligious milieu. Kohler is renowned for his theorizing of Judaism as a universal, ethical religion. As scholars have demonstrated repeatedly, defining Judaism as a “religion” was an important feature of Reform thought. What these accounts have insufficiently theorized, however, is the political context that ties the categorization of religion to the history of Orientalism that organized so many late nineteenth-century discussions of religion, Jewish and not. Drawing on work by Tracy Fessenden, John Modern, and Tisa Wenger, I show that Kohler’s universal, cosmopolitan religion is a Jewish version of the Protestant secular. Like these Protestant modernists, Kohler defines Reform Judaism as a religion that supersedes an atavistic tribalism bound to materiality and ritual law. Being Jewish, for Kohler, means being civilized; reforming the soul of Judaism goes together with civilizing Jewish bodies and creating a Judaism that could civilize the world in an era in which religion and imperialism were overlapping interpretive projects with racial and gendered entanglements.

“‘Holy Ghost Tribe:’ The Needles Revival and the Origins of Pentecostalism,” by Skyler Reidy

ABSTRACT: In 1899, a religious revival in Needles, California, included the first recorded instance of tongues-speech in California. The revival was begun by a white Holiness preacher and included a predominantly Native American, but ethnically mixed, congregation. The Mohave Indians at the heart of the Needles Revival had survived in the Southern California borderlands by crossing boundaries and building new communities in the shadow of the modernizing state. As they participated in the Needles Revival, Mohave believers and others combined this pattern of boundary crossing with the theology and praxis of the Holiness movement to develop a local manifestation of the emerging Pentecostal movement. During the early twentieth century, a series of revivals around the world and a network of Holiness groups and missionaries developed into modern Pentecostalism. The most prominent of these revivals took place on Azusa Street in Los Angeles and emphasized speaking in tongues and multiracial community, not unlike the earlier revival in Needles. Taken together, these two revivals show the influence of Southern California on early Pentecostalism. Speaking in tongues enabled early Pentecostals to cross boundaries imposed by California’s racial hierarchy, and the multiethnic communities they formed were a testament to the cultural dynamism of the region. As Mohave converts embraced Pentecostalism and eventually assumed leadership of the Needles congregation, they brought their legacy of survival and adaptation to the movement. In the process, they helped to shape modern Pentecostalism.

“‘Fighting Spirit’: World War I and the YMCA’s Allied Boxing Program,” by Adam Park

ABSTRACT: This article highlights the U.S. Armed Forces’ appointment of the YMCA to train American soldiers in boxing during World War I and so contributes to scholarly research on religion and war as well as religion and sports. As the YMCA taught the fistic art to white regiments in stateside military camps and to the American Expeditionary Forces on the Western Front, I argue that World War I was a watershed moment for both Muscular Christianity and boxing. Religious, political, and military leaders announced boxing to be ideal for the close-proximity encounters in the trenches, and they championed the YMCA as being best equipped to turn newly enlisted recruits into hardened trench-pugs. To the YMCA-military, the practical benefits of boxing were that soldiers would not just be “good with their hands” but also have a good manly character, a “fighting spirit.” In the establishment of a new world order, boxing thereby became a bellicose technique for unmaking evil others and a Christian method for remaking “overcivilized” white men. Immediately after the war—because of the Y—the sport of boxing, previously believed unscrupulous, was redeemed. Protestant Christians and a larger public recast boxing as less an activity for the morally corrupt and the criminal underworld and more an enlightened pursuit in the realization of an authentic, God-given human nature. Legalized, mainstreamed, and backed by antimodern logic, Christian theology, and white fears of racial devolution, boxing was for “character” more than crime.

Summer 2019 Volume 29 Number 2

“FORUM: The Religious Situation, 1968 (Part 2),” with contributions by Irene Oh, Richard Flory, Rebecca C. Bartel, John Modern, Joseph Winters, Lila Corwin Berman, Kathryn Lofton

This FORUM uses a volume published in 1968 to reflect on the religious situation today. The Religious Situation: 1968 announced its intention to be “The First in a Series of Annual Volumes.” As it turned out, only one additional volume was published, in 1969. The 1968 collection reprints famous essays (such as “Civil Religion in America” by Robert Bellah and “Religion as a Cultural System” by Clifford Geertz) and issues for the first time many more, including reports on South India and Japanese peace movements; reflections on idolatry, secularization, and secularity; and updates on Jews, Catholics, and Mormons. There is not a single female author; only one author is a person of color. Every essay speaks with enormous diagnostic confidence about its designated subject and with differing sensitivities toward the significant cultural and political tumult that have come to be associated with 1968. There is not a lot of mirth or irony.

We asked scholars to reflect on a specific essay, and answer two questions: Does the essay’s argument stand the test of time? What do you think is the status of its subject today? We don’t assume anyone has read all of the essays in The Religious Situation: 1968, so we encouraged the contributors to be inspired by, but not defined by, those original essays. We hope readers can use these essays to think about the status of certain perennial subjects in the study of American religion.

“A Prophetic Guide for a Perplexed World: Louis Finkelstein and the 1940 Conference on Science, Philosophy, and Religion,” by Cara Rock-Singer

ABSTRACT: This article traces negotiations over the epistemic, ethical, and political authority of Judaism, Protestantism, Catholicism, and science in mid-twentieth century America. Specifically, it examines how the President of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Dr. Louis Finkelstein, led a diverse group of intellectual elites as they planned and convened the 1940 Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion in their Relation to the Democratic Way of Life (CSPR). Based on the conference’s transcripts, proceedings, and papers, in addition to Finkelstein’s writings from the period, this article shows how Finkelstein used his vision of the Jewish tradition as a model to form a pluralistic intellectual space that brought together the representatives of multiple religious traditions and modern science. To accredit the American way of life to Judaism, Finkelstein traced America’s ethical values, democratic politics, and scientific genius back to the Hebrew Prophets through Rabbinic Judaism. In response to Finkelstein’s historiography and the political and ideological challenges of World War II, scientific and religious experts negotiated their authority and debated how to mobilize their traditions in a quest for political stability. By analyzing the CSPR as a meeting of multiple discourses, this article reinstates science as a fundamental player in the story of American pluralism and demonstrates the way a non-Protestant tradition shaped the terms of an elite public’s understanding of the democratic way of life.

“‘The world food crisis is not a fad’: The More-with-Less Cookbook and Protestant Environmental Spirituality,” by Kevin Stewart Rose

ABSTRACT: This article examines the spirituality reflected in 1976 cookbook More-with-Less. Written by a former Mennonite missionary hoping to provide religious households with a practical way of responding to world hunger, the cookbook’s message of a simple diet that could transform users’ impact on the world is an early example of the religious environmentalism that has grown increasingly popular among middle-class American Protestants in the last several decades. By examining its historical context, narrating its genesis, and critically assessing the spirituality it recommended, this article argues that the cookbook provides a useful window into Protestant environmental spirituality, its version of which allowed practitioners to maintain traditional institutional relationships and conceptions of the divine while cultivating the individuated religiosity increasingly sought after in modern culture. Emerging in the institutional overlap of traditional religious organizations and the putatively secular formations of mass media, globalization, and consumer culture, the cookbook leveraged the incipient emphasis on lifestyle choices within consumer culture to craft an individuated response to a vision of the world in permanent crisis. More-with-Lessand the Protestant environmental spirituality it represents shed light on current scholarly debates about the form religion takes within modern contexts of secularity, especially when religious practitioners seek adaptations that can maintain traditional theological and organizational commitments.

“The Difference Denominations Made: Identifying the Black Church(es) and Black Religious Choices of the Early Republic,” Kyle T. Bulthuis

ABSTRACT: Scholars of African American religious history have recently debated the significance of the black church in American history. Those that have, pro and con, have often considered the black church as a singular entity, despite the fact that African Americans affiliated with a number of different religious traditions under the umbrella of the black church. This article posits that it is useful to consider denominational and theological developments within different African American churches. Doing such acknowledges plural creations and developments of black churches, rather than a singular black church, which better accounts for the historical experience of black religion. In this piece I analyze four different denominational and theological traditions that blacks followed in the early Republic: the Anglican/Episcopalian, the Calvinist (Congregational/Presbyterian), the Methodist, and the Baptist. Each offered a general but unique ecclesiastical structure and set of theological assumptions within which black clergy and laity operated. Each required different levels of interaction with white coreligionists, and while some tended to offer more direct opportunities for reform and resistance, all groups suffered differing constraints that limited such action. I argue that the two bodies connected to formalist traditions, the Episcopalian and Calvinist, were initially better developed despite their smaller size, and thus disproportionately shaped black community and reform efforts in the antebellum United States.


Winter 2019 Volume 29 Number 1

“FORUM: The Religious Situation, 1968,” with contributions by Kathleen Holscher, Jonathan Ebel, Jana Riess, Joseph L. Tucker Edmonds, Angie Heo, Ari Y. Kelman

This FORUM uses a volume published in 1968 to reflect on the religious situation today. The Religious Situation: 1968announced its intention to be “The First in a Series of Annual Volumes.” As it turned out, only one additional volume was published, in 1969. The 1968 collection reprints famous essays (such as “Civil Religion in America” by Robert Bellah and “Religion as a Cultural System” by Clifford Geertz) and issues for the first time many more, including reports on South India and Japanese peace movements; reflections on idolatry, secularization, and secularity; and updates on Jews, Catholics, and Mormons. There is not a single female author; only one author is a person of color. Every essay speaks with enormous diagnostic confidence about its designated subject and with differing sensitivities toward the significant cultural and political tumult that have come to be associated with 1968. There is not a lot of mirth or irony.

We asked scholars to reflect on a specific essay, and answer two questions: Does the essay’s argument stand the test of time? What do you think is the status of its subject today? We don’t assume anyone has read all of the essays in The Religious Situation: 1968, so we encouraged the contributors to be inspired by, but not defined by, those original essays. We hope readers can use these essays to think about the status of certain perennial subjects in the study of American religion.

“American Catholics and ‘The Use and Abuse of Reading,’ 1865–1873,” by Erin Bartram

ABSTRACT: In the wake of the Civil War, Father Isaac Hecker launched several publishing ventures to advance his dream of a Catholic America, but he and his partners soon found themselves embroiled in a debate with other American Catholics, notably his friend and fellow convert Orestes Brownson, over the “use and abuse of reading.” Although the debate was certainly part of a contemporary conversation about the compatibility of Catholicism and American culture, this essay argues that it was equally rooted in a moment of American anxiety over a shifting social order, a moment when antebellum faith in the individual was being tested by the rights claims of women and Americans of color. Tacitly accepting and internalizing historical claims of intrinsic and through-going Catholic “difference,” claims offered both by American Protestants and American Catholics like Brownson, scholars often presume that debates within American Catholicism reflect “Catholic” concerns first and foremost, qualifying their utility as sources of “American” cultural history. By examining American Catholic discussions of reading, individual liberty, social order, and gender in the 1860s and 1870s, this essay argues that Brownson’s arguments against the compatibility of American and Catholic life were in fact far more representative of ascendant ideas in American culture than Hecker’s hopeful visions of a Catholic American future made manifest through the power of reading. In doing so, it demonstrates the ways that American Catholicism can be a valuable and complex site for studying the broader history of religion and culture in the United States.

“‘Development of Body, Mind, and Soul:’ Paramahansa Yogananda’s Marketing of Yoga-Based Religion,” by Dave Neumann

ABSTRACT: As founder of a religious movement emphasizing soteriological goals, Paramahansa Yogananda is at odds with the prevailing scholarly portrayal of yoga as a modern, syncretic bodily practice focused on mindfulness and physical well-being that, even when employing language of transcendence, magic, or the supernatural, typically has this-worldly perfection in mind. Yogananda, thus, offers an important counterpoint to the dominant historiography of yoga. Whereas more recent “global gurus” often remained in India and recruited among diaspora Indians, Yogananda was the first Indian to establish a thriving yoga-based Hinduism among white converts in the United States. He worked to make his message compelling in the often-hostile milieu of a dominant Christian culture. In this article, I consider Southern California’s identity as a “spiritual frontier” that offered a uniquely conducive space to launch a Hindu religious movement in a virulently xenophobic era. I explore Yogananda’s vision of the “science of religion,” language that reflected not a materialist reduction of yoga to somatic goals, but a precise, systematic meditation method designed to achieve God-contact. Yogananda offered various products in an effort to build brand loyalty for his yoga-based religion. Although he strategically promoted the very real health and energy benefits of his instruction, the heart of his commercial and spiritual enterprise was a yoga correspondence course that promised to train disciples in a devotional relationship with a God he often depicted as a personal Being. I conclude by examining Yogananda’s role as the authoritative divine guru who mediated his religious products to devotees and remained present after his death to guide them toward ultimate bliss.

“The Parliament of Empire: Charles Bonney’s American Vision,” by Lucia Hulsether

ABSTRACT:This article places the World’s Parliament of Religions in its social-political milieu of Gilded Age Chicago. It takes up the Parliament not to rehash arguments that scholars have made about its particular performance of religion but, rather, to locate its pluralist production in finer-grained material expenditures and extractions that made it possible. It tells this story through an examination of the Parliament’s organizer, Charles Carroll Bonney. Employed as a federal judge in Chicago, Bonney’s life reflects the coterminous boundaries of capital, state-building, and aspirations for the reconciliation of human conflict through multireligious unity.His tenure as the organizer of the Parliament, and as the President of the World Congress Auxiliary of which it was a part, was riddled by raging conflict with Chicago’s union leaders, who saw the events as an indirect attack on the city’s labor movement. To analyze the Parliament in light of these factors is to begin to understand the history of American religious pluralism as constituted by—and, thus, inextricable from—histories of labor, capital, and the state.


Summer 2018 Volume 28 Number 2

“God, Country, and Anita Bryant: Women’s Leadership and the Politics of the New Christian Right,” by Emily Suzanne Johnson

“Fortune Telling and American Religious Freedom,” by Charles McCrary

“’Termites in the Temple’: Fundamentalism and Anti-Liberal Politics in the Post–World War II South,” by Elizabeth Fones-Wolf and Ken Fones-Wolf

“Agreeing to Disagree: American Orthodox Jewish Scientists’ Confrontation with Evolution in the 1960s,” by Rachel S. A. Pear


Winter 2018 Volume 28 Number 1

“Bureau Clergyman: How the FBI Colluded with an African American Televangelist to Destroy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” by Lerone Martin

“The Historyless Heathen and the Stagnating Pagan: History as Non-Native Category?,” by Kathryn Gin Lum

“Contesting Civil Religion: Religious Responses to American Patriotic Nationalism, 1919-1929,” by Michael Lienesch

“The Evolution of American Airport Chapels: Local Negotiations in Religiously Pluralistic Contexts,” by Wendy Cadge


Summer 2017 Volume 27 Number 2

“The World Day of Prayer: Ecumenical Churchwomen and Christian Cosmopolitanism, 1920-1946,” by Gale L. Kenny

“Constructing a Plan for Survival: Scientology as Cold War Psychology,” by Robert Genter

“Worship Wars, Gospel Hymns, and Cultural Engagement in American Evangelicalism, 1890-1940,” by Tamara J. Van Dyken

“‘If There Were One People’: Francis Weninger and the Segregation of American Catholicism,” by David Komline


Winter 2017  Volume 27  Number 1

FORUM: “Studying Religion in the Age of Trump,” with contributions by Randal Balmer, Kate Bowler, Anthea Butler, Maura Jane Farrelly, Wes Markofski, Robert Orsi, Jerry Z. Park and James Clark Davidson, Matthew Avery Sutton, and Grace Yukich

“‘Satan Mourns Naked upon the Earth’: Locating Mormon Possession and Exorcism Rituals in the American Religious Landscape, 1830-1977,” by Stephen Taysom

“Lineage Matters: DNA, Race, and Gene Talk in Judaism and Messianic Judaism,” Sarah Imhoff and Hillary Kaell


Summer 2016 Volume 26 Number 2

“Ordering Antimony: An Analysis of Early Mormonism’s Priestly Offices, Councils, and Kinship,” by Kathleen Flake

“Evangelicals and Unevangelicals: The Contested History of a Word, 1500-1900,” by Linford D. Fisher

“For God and Country: Religious Minorities Striving for National Belonging through Community Service,” by Rosemary R. Corbett

“Before Hinduism: Missionaries, Unitarians, and Hindoos in Nineteenth-Century America,” by Michael J. Altman


Winter 2016 Volume 26 Number 1

“Prayer is the answer”: Apocalypticism, Our Lady, and Catholic Identity,” by Jill Krebs

“Declension Comes Home”: Cotton Mather, Male Youth Rebellion, and the Hope of Providential Affliction in Puritan New England,” David Setran

“Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Long Social Gospel Movement,” by Vaneesa Cook

“Evolution and Voices of Progressive Catholicism in the Age of the Scopes Trial,” by Alexander Pavuk


Summer 2015 Volume 25 Number 2

FORUM: “The Role and Future of Academic Journals,” with contributions by Ava Chamberlain, Christopher Evans, Curtis Evans, and Paul Harvey

“Working Jews: Hazanim and the Labor of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America,” by Shari Rabin

“From Sputnik to Spaceship Earth: American Catholics and the Space Age,” by Catherine Osborne

“Beyond Parish Boundaries: Black Catholics and the Quest for Racial Justice,” by Karen J. Johnson


Winter 2015 Volume 25 Number 1

“’An Authentic Record of My Race’: Exploring the Popular Narratives of African American Religion in the Music of Duke Ellington,” by Vaughn Booker

“’Practical Outlet’ to Premillennial Faith: G. Douglas Young and the Evolution of Christian Zionist Activism in Israel,” by Daniel G. Hummel

“Chrismukkah: Millennial Multiculturalism,” by Samira K. Mehta

“Liberal Protestants and Urban Renewal,” by Mark Wild


Summer 2014 Volume 24 Number 2

“Jesus Didn’t Tap: Masculinity, Theology, and Ideology in Christian Mixed Martial Arts,” by Justine Greve

“Bigger, Better, Louder: The Prosperity Gospel’s Impact on Contemporary Christian Worship, by Kate Bowler and Wen Reagan

“‘The Quiet Revivial’: New Immigrants and the Transformation of Christianity in Greater Boston,” by Marilyn Johnson

“Youth, Christianity, and the Crisis of Civiliation, 1930-45,” by Thomas E. Bergler


Winter 2014 Volume 24 Number 1

FORUM: “Religion and the Biographical Turn,” by Leigh Eric Schmidt, Catherine Brekus, Nick Salvatore, Matthew Avery Sutton, and Debby Applegate

“‘If a War It May Be Called’: The Peace Policy with American Indians,” by Jennifer Graber

“Religion, ‘Moral Insanity’, and Psychology in Nineteenth–Century America,” by Jodie Boyer

“The Politicization of Family Life: How Headship became Essential to Evangelical Identity in the Late Twentieth Century,” by Anneke Stasson


Summer 2013  Volume 23  Number 2

“‘Modern Christianity Is Ancient Judaism’: Rabbi Gustav Gottheil and the Jewish-American Religious Future, 1873–1903,” by Caleb J. D. Maskell

“Faith Healing, Medical Regulation, and Public Religion in Progressive Era Chicago,” by Timothy E. W. Gloege

“‘Just a Bunch of Agitators’: Kneel-Ins and the Desegregation of Southern Churches,” by Joseph Kip Kosek

“Antirevivalism and Its Discontents: Liberal Evangelicalism, the American City, and the Sunday School, 1900–1929,” by Matthew Bowman


Winter 2013  Volume 23  Number 1

Forum: “Contemporary Mormonism: America’s Most Successful ‘New Religion,'” with contributions
by Terryl L. Givens, Kathryn Lofton, Laurie Maffly-Kipp, and Patrick Q. Mason

“The Humbug in American Religion: Ritual Theories of Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism,” by David Walker

“‘Doubts still assail me’: Uncertainty and the Making of the Primitive Baptist Self in the Antebellum United States,” by Joshua Guthman

“Yoga for the New Woman and the New Man: The Role of Pierre Bernard and Blanche DeVries in the Creation of Modern Postural Yoga,” by Joseph Laycock


Summer 2012  Volume 22  Number 2

Review Essay: “The Quest for Green Religion,” by Mark Stoll

“‘According to His Own Judgment’: The American Catholic Encounter with Organic Evolution, 1856-1896,” by David Mislin

“The Death of Mormon Separatism in American Universities, 1877-1896,” by Thomas W. Simpson

“American Saints: Gender and the Re-Imagining of U.S. Catholicism in the Early Twentieth Century,” by Kathleen Sprows Cummings

“Broadcasting Mainline Protestantism: The Chicago Sunday Evening Club and the Evolution of Audience Expectations from Radio to Television,” by Michael Stamm


Winter 2012  Volume 22  Number 1

Forum: “American Religion and the Old and New Immigration,” with contributions by Jenna Weissman Joselit, Timothy Matovina, Roberto Suro, and Fenggang Yang

“Permission to Dissent: Civil Religion and the Radio Western, 1933-1960,” by Kip Anthony Wedel

“The Measure of a Magazine: Assessing the Influence of Christian Century,” by Elesha Coffman

“‘Outside the Shul’: The American Soviet Jewry Movement and the rise of Solidarity Orthodoxy, 1964-1986,” by Adam S. Ferziger


Summer 2011  Volume 21  Number 2

Review Essay: “Past Practices—Ethnography and American Religion,” by Courtney Bender

“‘Until This Curse of Polygamy is Wiped Out’: Black Methodists, White Mormons, and Constructions of Racial Identity in the Late Nineteenth Century,” by James B. Bennett

“A Sane Gospel: Radical Evangelicals, Psychology, and Pentecostal Revival in the Early Twentieth Century,” by Heather Curtis

“An ‘Aristocracy of Virtue’: Cultural Development of the American Catholic Priesthood, 1884-1920s,” by Donna J. Drucker


Winter 2011  Volume 21  Number 1

Forum: “American Scriptures,” with contributions by Philip L. Barlow, Paul S. Boyer, Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Mark A. Noll, and Claudia Setzer

“‘The Secret at the Root’: Performing African American Religious Modernity in Hall Johnson’s Run, Little Chillun,”by Judith Weisenfeld

“Identity Politics and the Fragmenting of the 1970s Evangelical Left,” by David R. Swartz

“‘Last Night, I Prayed to Matthew:’ Matthew Shepard, Homosexuality, and Popular Martyrdom in Contemporary America,” by Scott W.Hoffman


Summer 2010  Volume 20  Number 2

Review Essay: “Religion and the American Presidency,” by Frank Lambert

“The Rise of Black Ethnics: The Ethnic Turn in African American Religions, 1916-1945,” by Sylvester A. Johnson

“Developing the ‘Christian Gentleman’: The Medieval Impulse in Protestant Ministry to Adolescent Boys, 1890-1920,” by David P. Setran

“The Preacher’s Blues: Religious Race Records and Claims of Authority on Wax,” by Jonathan L. Walton

“In the Eye of the Beholder: Perspectives on Intermarriage Conversion in Orthodox Christian Parishes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” by Amy Slagle


Winter 2010  Volume 20 Number 1

Forum: “American Religion and Scholarly Publishing: Restrospect and Prospect,” with contributions by John Corrigan, Elaine Maisner, Reed Malcolm, and John Wilson

“Garveyism and the Eschatology of African Redemption in the Rural South, 1920-1936,” by Jarod Roll

“Breaking Faith: Religion, Americanism, and Civil rights in Postwar Milwaukee,” by Kevin D. Smith

“Mourning Becomes Hers: Women, Tradition, and Memory Albums,” by Anne Blue Wills


Summer 2009  Volume 19  Number 2

Review Essay: “Religion, War, and the Meaning of America,” by Harry S. Stout

“Tamales on the Fourth of July: The Transnational Parish of Coeneo, Michoacán,” by Luis E. Murillo

“The Bible, the First Amendment, and the Public Schools in Odessa, Texas,” by Mark A. Chancey

“The Zen of Anarchy: Japanese Exceptionalism and the Anarchist Roots of the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance,” by James Brown

“The International Social Turn: Unity and Brotherhood at the World’s Parliament of Religions, Chicago, 1893,” by Amy Kittelstrom


Winter 2009  Volume 19  Number 1

Forum: “American Religion and ‘Whiteness,'” with contributions by Edward J. Blum, Tracy Fessenden, Prema Kurien, and Judith Weisenfeld

“The Remaking of the Catholic Working Class: Detroit, 1919-1945,” by Matthew Pehl

“‘Representatives of All That Is Noble’: The Rise of the Episcopal Establishment in Early-Twentieth-Century Philadelphia,” by Thomas F. Rzeznik

“Twenty-First-Century American Ghosts: The After-Death Communication—Therapy and Revelation from beyond the Grave,” by Susan Kwilecki


Summer 2008  Volume 18  Number 2

Review Essay: “Where the Action Is-—Law, Religion, and the Scholarly Divide,” by Sarah Barringer Gordon

“Racial Identity and the Civilizing Mission: Double Consciousness at the 1895 Congress in Africa,” by Paul W. Harris

“‘Terrible Laughing God’: Challenging Divine Justice in African American Antilynching Plays, 1916-1945,” by Craig Prentiss

“‘It is a Day of Judgment’: The Peacemakers, Religion, and Radicalism in Cold War America,” by Leilah Danielson


Winter 2008  Volume 18  Number 1

Forum: “Religion and Politics on the American Scene,” with contributions by Daniel Walker Howe, Sheila Suess Kennedy, Kevin Phillips, and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

“Why Southern Gospel Music Matters,” by Douglas Harrison

“The Religious and Racial Meanings of The Green Pastures,” by Curtis J. Evans

“Framing Catholicism: Jack Chick’s Anti-Catholic Cartoons and the Flexible Boundaries of the Culture Wars,” by Michael Ian Borer and Adam Murphree

“The Greening of American Catholicism: Identity, Conversion, and Continuity,” by Keith Douglass Warner, O.F.M.


Summer 2007  Volume 17  Number 2

Review Essay: “Rethinking the American Jewish Historical Experience,” by Marc Lee Raphael

“‘Congenial to Almost Every Shade of Radicalism’: The Delaware Valley and the Success of Early Mormonism,” by Stephen J. Fleming

“Southern Harmony: Catholic-Protestant Relations in the Antebellum South,” by Andrew Stern

“After the Exodus: The New Catholics in Boston’s Old Ethnic Neighborhoods,” by Regine O. Jackson

“‘And the Word was Made Flesh’: Divining the Female Body in Nineteenth-Century American and Catholic Culture,” by Marie Pagliarini


Winter 2007  Volume 17  Number 1

Forum: “How the Study of Religion and American Culture has Changed at Your Institution in the Past Decade,” with contributions by Catherine L. Albanese, W. Clark Gilpin, Leigh E. Schmidt, and Thomas A. Tweed

“The Church Historians Who Made the First Amendment What it is Today,” by Donald Drakeman

“Beautiful Women Who Dig Graves: Richard Baker-roshi, Imported Buddhism, and the Transmission of Ethics at the San Francisco Zen Center,” by Jason Bivens

“Sin, Spirituality, and Primitivism: The Theologies of the American Social Gospel,” by Matthew Bowman


Summer 2006  Volume 16  Number 2

Review Essay: “American Catholic Studies at a Crossroads,” by Paula Kane

“And Ever the Twain Shall Meet: The Holiness Missionary Movement and the Birth of World Pentecostalism, 1870-1920,” by Jay R. Case

“A Chosen People in a Pluralist Nation: Horace Kallen and the Jewish-American Experience,” by Daniel Greene

“‘The Right Achieved and the Wrong Way Conquered’: J.H. Jackson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Conflict over Civil Rights,” by Wallace Best

“Minds Intensely Unsettled: Phrenology, Experience, and the American Pursuit of Spiritual Assurance, 1830-1880,” by Christopher G. White


Winter 2006  Volume 16  Number 1

Forum: “Electronic Media and the Study of American Religion,” with contributions by John Corrigan, David Morgan, Mark Silk, and Rhys H. Williams

“How the Irish became Protestant in America,” by Michael P. Carroll

“‘Monkeying with the Bible’: Edgar J. Goodspeed’s American Translation,” by R. Bryan Bademan

“The Preacher Paradigm: Promotional Biographies and the Modern-Made Evangelist,” by Kathryn E. Lofton


Summer 2005  Volume 15  Number 2

Review Essay: “American Religious Biography,” by Amanda Porterfield

“Native American Popular Religion in New England’s Old Colony, 1670-1770,” by Douglas Winiarski

“Sex in the City of God: Free Love and the American Millennium,” by Cathy Gutierrez

“The Beauty of the Lilies: Femininity, Innocence, and the Sweet Gospel of Uldine Utley,” by Kristin Kobes Du Mez


Winter 2005  Volume 15  Number 1

Forum: “American Religion and Class,” with contributions by David Hackett, Laurie Maffly-Kipp, R. Laurence Moore, and Leslie Tentler

“Sacred Sites: Nature and Nation in the U.S. National Parks,” by Lynn Ross-Bryant

“The Radicalization of the Social Gospel: Harry F. Ward and the Search for a New Social Order, 1898-1936,” by Doug Rossinow

“Morality for the ‘Democracy of God’: George Albert Coe and the Liberal Protestant Critique of American Character Education, 1917-1940,” by David P. Setran


Summer 2004  Volume 14  Number 2

“Passing as a Pastor: Clerical Imposture in the Colonial Atlantic World,” by Thomas Kidd

“The Politics of Ecumenical Disunity: The Troubled Marriage of Church World Service and the National Council of Churches,” by Jill K. Gill

“Mugwump Cartoonists, the Papacy, and Tammany Hall in America’s Gilded Age,” by Samuel J. Thomas

“Why Women Loved Billy Sunday: Urban Revivalism and Popular Entertainment in Early Twentieth-Century American Culture,” by Margaret Bendroth


Winter 2004  Volume 14  Number 1

Forum: “How I Have Changed My Mind,” with contributions by Catherine L. Albanese, Vine Deloria, Jr., Robert Ellwood, Andrew Greeley, and John F. Wilson

“‘The Christianization’ of Israel and Jews in 1950s America,” by Michele Mart

“The Robes of Womanhood: Dress and Authenticity among African American Methodist Women in the Nineteenth Century,” by Pamela Klassen

“‘Race’ Speech-‘Culture’ Speech-‘Soul’ Speech: The Brief Career of Social Science Language in American Religion during the Fascist Era,” by Anne C. Rose


Summer 2003  Volume 13  Number 2

Review Essay: “What is the Place of ‘Experience’ in Religious History?” by David D. Hall

“Hasidism in the Age of Aquarius: The House of Love and Prayer in San Francisco, 1967-1977,” by Yaakov Ariel

“Mission to America: The Reform Movement’s Missionary Experiments, 1919-1960,” by Lila Corwin Berman

“‘Praying for a Wicked City’: Congregation, Community, and the Suburbanization of Fundamentalism,” by Darren Dochuck


Winter 2003  Volume 13  Number 1

Forum: “The Years Ahead in Scholarship,” with contributions by Leigh E. Schmidt, Deborah Dash Moore, Richard T. Hughes, and Mark Valeri

“Women and Christian Practice in a Mahican Village,” by Rachel Wheeler

“Re-placing Memory: Latter-day Saint Use of Historical Monuments and Narrative in the Early Twentieth Century,” by Kathleen Flake

“‘My God and My Good Mother’: The Irony of Horace Bushnell’s Gendered Republic,” by Mark Edwards


Summer 2002  Volume 12  Number 2

Review Essay: “Local ‘Lived’ Religion in America,” by Rhys H. Williams

“Mystery of the Moorish Science Temple: Southern Blacks and American Alternative Spirituality in 1920s Chicago,” by Susan Nance

“Islamizing the Black Body: Ritual and Power in Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam,” by Edward E. Curtis IV

“‘Heathens and Infidels’? African Christianization and Anglicanism in the South Carolina Low Country, 1700-1750by Annette Laing

“‘Gods of Physical Violence, Stopping at Nothing’: Masculinity, Religion, and Art in the Work of Zora Neale Hurston,” by Peter Powers


Winter 2002  Volume 12  Number 1

Forum: “Teaching the Introductory Course in American Religion,” with contributions by Thomas A. Tweed, Grant Wacker, Jon Pahl, Valarie H. Ziegler, William D. Dinges

“Peace of Mind (1946): Judaism and the Therapeutic Polemics of Postwar America,” by Andrew R. Heinze

“The Influence of American Missionary Women on the World Back Home,” by Dana L. Robert

“The Evil of Abortion and the Greater Good of the Faith: Negotiating Catholic Survival in the Twentieth-Century American Health Care System,” by Kathleen M. Joyce


Summer 2001  Volume 11  Number 2

“Body Salvation: New Thought, Father Divine, and the Feast of Material Pleasures,” by R. Marie Griffith

“Curious Gentiles and Representational Authority in the City of the Saints,” by Eric A. Eliason

“Hollywood Theology: The Commodification of Religion in Twentieth-Century Films,” by Jeffery A. Smith

“Describing the Elephant: Buddhism in America,” by Peter N. Gregory


Winter 2001  Volume 11  Number 1

Forum: “American Religious People as ‘Other'”, with contributions by David Chidester, Sung Gyung Kim, Knud Krakau, M. Thomas Thangaraj

Review Essay: “An Edwards for the Millennium,” by Bruce Kuklick

“The Emergence of California in American Religious Historiography,” by Eldon G. Ernst

“Giving Voice to Place: Three Models for Understanding American Sacred Space,” by Belden C. Lane

“Of Markets and Missions: The Early History of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches,” by Melissa M. Wilcox


Summer 2000  Volume 10  Number 2

Review Essay: “Religion Goes to the Movies,” by Peter W. Williams

“Holy Martin: The Overlooked Canonization of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” by Scott W. Hoffman

“The Use of the New Testament in the American Slave Controversy: A Case History in the Hermeneutical Tension between Biblical Criticism and Christian Moral Debate,” by J. Albert Harrill

“The Sisters of the Holy Family and the Veil of Race,” by Tracy Fessenden


Winter 2000  Volume 10  Number 1

Forum: “Public Theology in Contemporary America,” with contributions by William Dean, Mark A. Noll, Mary Ferrell Bednarowski, and J. Bryan Hehir

“The Aura of Wellness: Subtle-Energy Healing and New Age Religion,” by Catherine L. Albanese

“The Difference Difference Makes: Justine Wise Polier and Religious Matching in Twentieth-Century Child Adoption,” by Ellen Herman

“Infallible Proofs, Both Human and Divine: The Persuasiveness of Mormonism for Early Converts,” by Steven C. Harper


Summer 1999  Volume 9  Number 2

Forum: “American Spirituality,” with contributions by Wade Clark Roof, Anne E. Patrick, Ronald L. Grimes, and Bill J. Leonard

“Entering the ‘Tent of Abraham’: Fraternal Ritual and American Jewish Identity, 1880- 1920,” by Daniel Soyer

“Liberators for Colonial Anahuac: A Rumination on North American Civil Religions,” by Randi Jones Walker

“The Poetic Uses of Religion in The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez,” by Luis Leon

“Counterculture and Mission: Jews for Jesus and the Vietnam Era Missionary Campaigns, 1970 – 1975,” by Yaakov Ariel


Winter 1999  Volume 9  Number 1

Forum: “Religion and American Autobiographical Writing,” with contributions by Susan Juster, John D. Barbour, Gary Comstock, and Richard Rabinowitz

“With Bible in One Hand and Battle-Axe in the Other: Carry A. Nation as Religious Performer and Self-Promoter,” by Frances Grace Carver

“‘We Have Heard the Joyful Sound’: Charles E. Fuller’s Radio Broadcast and the Rise of Modern Evangelicalism,” by Philip Goff

“The Pure American Woman and the Wicked Catholic Priest: An Analysis of Anti-Catholic Literature in Antebellum America,” by Marie Ann Pagliarini


Summer 1998  Volume 8  Number 2

Forum: “Southern Religion,” with contributions by Donald G. Mathews, Samuel S. Hill, Beth Barton Schweiger, and John S. Boles

Review Essay: “Religion in American Academic Life,” by Joel Carpenter

“‘To Form a More Perfect Union’: The Moral Example of Southern Baptist Thought and Education, 1890-1920,” by John M. Heffron

“Tares in the Wheat: Puritan Violence and Puritan Families in the Nineteenth-Century Liberal Imagination,” by Daniel P. Buchanan

“Mary Marshall Dyer, Gender, and A Portraiture of Shakerism,” by Elizabeth A. De Wolfe


Winter 1998  Volume 8  Number 1

Forum: “Interpreting Waco,” with contributions by Lawrence Foster, Joel W. Martin, David Chidester, and Nancy T. Ammerman

“Jewish GIs and the Creation of the JudeoChristian Tradition,” by Deborah Dash Moore

“‘Rational Amusement and Sound Instruction’: Constructing the True Catholic Woman,” by Penny Edgell Becker

“The Staking of the Monster: A Politics of Remonstrance,” by Ed Ingebretsen

“Trifling with Holy Time: Women and the Formation of the Calvinist Church of Worcester, Massachusetts, 1815 – 1820,” by Carolyn J. Lawes


Summer 1997  Volume 7  Number 2

“Conjure and Christianity: Religious Elements in Nineteenth-Century African-American Occultism,” by Yvonne Chireau

“Southern Baptists, Northern Evangelicals, and the Nature of Religious Alliances,” by Barry Hankins

“The Church Irrelevant: Paul Hanly Furfey and the Fortunes of American Catholic Radicalism,” by Eugene McCarraher

“Applying the Devil’s Work in a Holy Cause: Working Class Popular Culture and the Salvation Army in the United States, 1879 – 1900,” by Lillian Taiz

“‘Memorial Stones’: Death and the Geography of Womanhood in Heathen Women’s Friend, 1869 – 1879,” by Anne Blue Wills


Winter 1997  Volume 7  Number 1

Forum: “Neglected Resources in Scholarship,” with contributions by Theodore Dwight Bozeman, Giles Gunn, Peter J. Paris, and Anne C. Rose

“The Religious Construction of Masculinity in Victorian America: The Male Mediumship of John Shoebridge Williams,” by Bret E. Carroll

“The Scalabrini Fathers, the Italian Emigrant Church and Ethnic Nationalism in America,” by Peter R. D’Agostino

“Sentimental Catechism: Archbishop James Gibbons, Mass Print Culture, and American Literary History,” by James Emmett Ryan

“Character, Public School, and Religious Education, 1920-1934,” by Heather Warren


Summer 1996  Volume 6  Number 2

Forum: “Religious Communities,” with contributions by Kathleen Neils Conzen, Brooks Holifield, Harry Stout, and Michael Zuckerman

“Manna and Manual: Sacramental and Instrumental Constructions of Space in the Victorian Camp Meeting,” by Steven Cooley

“The Puritans as Founders: The Quest for Identity in Early Whig Rhetoric,” by Dean C. Hammer

“The New Divinity and Williams College, 1793-1836,” by David Kling

“Christians Love the Jews! Origins and Growth of American PhiloSemitism, 1790-1860,” by Robert K. Whalen


Winter 1996  Volume 6  Number 1

Editors’ Preface

“The Troubles with Harry: Freedom, America, and God in John Updike’s Rabbit Novels,” by Kyle A. Pasewark

“How Realistic Can a Catholic Writer Be? Richard Sullivan and American Catholic Literature,” by Una M. Cadegan

“Carnival of Shame: Doctorow and the Rosenbergs,” by Robert Detweiler

“In Memory of Cassie: Child Death and Religious Vision in American Women’s Novels,” by Ann-Janine Morey


Summer 1995  Volume 5  Number 2

“Gender and Religion in American Culture, 1870-1930,” by David G. Hackett

“Religion and Culture in Tension: The Abortion Discourses of the U.S. Catholic Bishops and the Southern Baptist Convention,” by Michele Dillon

“The Spiritual Labour of John Barnard: An Eighteenth-Century Artisan Constructs His Piety,” by Erik R. Seeman

“Fundamentalism and Folk Science between the Wars,” by Edward B. Davis

“A New Denominational Historiograph?” by John F. Wilson


Winter 1995  Volume 5  Number 1

Forum: “Female Experience in American Religion,” with contributions by Rosemary Skinner Keller, Ann Braude, Maureen Ursenbach Beecher, and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese

“The Holocaust, Second Generation Witness, and the Voluntary Covenant in American Judaism,” by Alan L. Berger

“‘Proclaiming Together’? Convergence and Divergence in Mainline and Evangelical Evangelism, 1945-1967,” by Thomas C. Berg

“Thomas Merton and the Religion of the Bomb,” by James J. Farrell

“The Ideal of Professionalism and the White Southern Baptist Ministry, 1870-1920,” by Paul Harvey


Summer 1994  Volume 4  Number 2

“The Easter Parade: Piety, Fashion, and Display,” by Leigh Eric Schmidt

“Vernacular American Landscape: Methodists, Camp Meetings, and Social Respectability,” by Roger Robins

“The Church and American Destiny: Evangelical Episcopalians and Voluntary Societies in Antebellum America,” by Diana Hochstedt Butler

“Racial Justice and the People of God: The Second Vatican Council, the Civil Rights Movement, and American Catholics,” by John T. McGreevy

“Song and Dance: Native American Religions and American History,” by Lawrence E. Sullivan


Winter 1994  Volume 4  Number 1

Forum: “American Civil Religion Revisited,” with contributions by Phillip E. Hammond, Amanda Porterfield, James G. Moseley, and Jonathan D. Sarna

“‘A True Revival of Religion’: Protestants and the San Francisco Graft Prosecutions,1906-1909,” by Douglas Firth Anderson

“Purgatory and the Powerful Dead: A Case Study of Native American Repatriation,” by Johnny P. Flynn and Gary Laderman

“The Power of Interpretation: The Revival of 1857-58 and the Historiography of Revivalism in America,” by Kathryn T. Long

“Mass Culture, UpperClass Culture, and the Decline of Church Discipline in the Evangelical South: The 1910 Case of the Godbold Mineral Well Hotel,” by Ted Ownby


Summer 1993  Volume 3  Number 2

“Religion: A Private Affair, in Public Affairs,” by Martin E. Marty

“‘Spiritual Warfare’: Cultural Fundamentalism and the Equal Rights Amendment,” by Donald G. Mathews

“The Godly Insurrection in Limestone County: Social Gospel, Populism, and Southern Culture in the Late Nineteenth Century,” by Richard C. Goode

“Women, Public Ministry, and American Fundamentalism, 1920-1950,” by Michael S. Hamilton

“From Spiritualism to Theosophy: ‘Uplifting’ a Democratic Tradition,” by Stephen Prothero

“‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Left To Do’: Choosing a Textbook for Religion in America,” by Stephen J. Stein


Winter 1993  Volume 3  Number 1

Forum: “The Decade Ahead in Scholarship,” with contributions by Robert A. Orsi, George Marsden, David W. Wills, and Colleen McDannell

“Imaging Protestant Piety: The Icons of Warner Sallman,” by David Morgan

“Sociological Christianity and Christian Sociology: The Paradox of Early American Sociology,” by Susan E. Henking

“Mary Lyon, the Founding of Mount Holyoke College, and the Cultural Revival of Jonathan Edwards,” by Joseph A. Conforti

“Religion in the United States: Notes Toward a New Classification,” by Julia Mitchell Corbett


Summer 1992  Volume 2  Number 2

“Creation, Evolution, and Holy Ghost Religion: Holiness and Pentecostal Responses to Darwinism, ” by Ronald L. Numbers

“Representative Emersons: Versions of American Identity,” by David L. Smith

“The Apocalyptic Origins of Churches of Christ and the Triumph of Modernism,” by Richard T. Hughes

“The Early Years of the Jewish Presence at the University of Illinois,” by Winton U. Solberg


Winter 1992  Volume 2  Number 1

Forum: “Sources of Personal Identity: Religion, Ethnicity, and the American Cultural Situation,” with contributions by Robert Wuthnow, Martin E. Marty, Philip Gleason, and Deborah Dash Moore

“Benevolent Calvinism and the Moral Government of God: The Influence of Nathaniel W. Taylor on Revivalism in the Second Great Awakening,” by William R. Sutton

“The Troubled Soul of the Academy: American Learning and the Problem of Religious Studies,” by D. G. Hart

“Lemuel Haynes and the Revolutionary Origins of Black Theology, 1776-1801,” by John Saillant

“Witchcraft and the Colonization of Algonquian and Iroquois Cultures,” by Amanda Porterfield


Summer 1991  Volume 1  Number 2

Forum: “The Decline of Mainline Religion in American Culture,” with contributions by William R. Hutchison, Catherine L. Albanese, Max L. Stackhouse, and William McKinney

“The Private Hopes of American Fundamentalists and Evangelicals, 1925-1975,” by David Harrington Watt

“Saving the Children by Killing Them: Redemptive Sacrifice in the Ideologies of Jim Jones and Ronald Reagan,” by David Chidester

“The New Infidelity: Northern Protestant Clergymen and the Critique of Progress, 1840-1855,” by Mark Y. Hanley

“John Eliot and the Millennium,” by Richard W. Cogley


Winter 1991  Volume 1  Number 1

Editors’ Introduction

Review Essay: “The Encyclopedia of the American Religious Experience,” by David Brion Davis

“Prophecy, Gender, and Culture: Ellen Gould Harmon [White] and the Roots of Seventh-day Adventism,” by Jonathan M. Butler

“Subverting Eden: Ambiguity of Evil and the American Dream in Blue Velvet,” by Irena Makarushka

“Religion and the American Public Philosophy,” by William Dean

“Authoritarian or Authority Minded? The Cognitive Commitments of Fundamentalists and the Christian Right,” by Dennis E. Owen, Kenneth D. Wald, and Samuel S. Hill

“The Incorporation of American Religion: The Case of the Presbyterians,” by Louis Weeks

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