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Civil Rights Movements and Religion in America  

Paul Harvey

In the civil rights movement of the mid-20th century, black Christian thought helped to undermine the white supremacist racial system that had governed America for centuries. The civil ... More

Class and Religion in America  

William A. Mirola

Scholars pursuing questions on the links between religion and social class typically examine several distinct sets of dynamics. A main research focus has addressed how religious beliefs, ... More

The Cold War and American Religion  

Dianne Kirby

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May 2017
American propaganda cast the Cold War as one of history’s great religious wars, between the godless and the God-fearing, between good and evil. It was a simplistic depiction that was ... More

Culture, Entertainment, and Religion in America  

Randall J. Stephens

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Oct 2017
Throughout American history, religion and entertainment have influenced each other and have intersected in fascinating ways. Native American rituals and games entertained and inspired. ... More

Cyberspace and Religion in America  

Douglas E. Cowan

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Oct 2017
Invented in 1989 and popularly accessible since the mid-1990s, the World Wide Web has always hosted a wide variety of religious content, ranging from early text-based discussion forums to ... More

Emotion in American Religions  

John Corrigan

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Sep 2015
Emotion is an important part of religions in America. There is great diversity among emotional styles. Some groups are highly emotional, others relatively low in emotional expression, and ... More

The Eruv as Contested Jewish Space in North America  

Myer Siemiatycki

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Oct 2017
The eruv is perhaps the most creative, confounding, and contested spatial construct in Judaism. Territorially, it demarcates the urban space within which prohibitions otherwise attached to ... More

Evangelism, Mission, and Crusade in American Religion  

Sarah Ruble

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Sep 2017
Evangelism, mission, and crusade are terms related to spreading a religious message. Although all three words are primarily used in relation to Christianity, evangelism and mission have ... More

Feeling of Emptiness and Religion in America  

John Corrigan

As part of a broader turn in humanities scholarship toward emotion since the late 20th century, scholars of religion increasingly have explored how emotion has been a key component in the ... More

Freemasonry’s Sacred Space in America  

Phillip Gordon Mackintosh

This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. Please check back later for the full article. American ... More

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