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Nature and Religion in America  

Brett Grainger

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Feb 2018
One of the most complex words in the English language, “nature” (sometimes personified as “Nature” or “Mother Nature”) has been central to developments in American religions. Despite their ... More

Native American Religions  

Sarah E. Dees

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Feb 2018
Native American religious traditions encompass a diverse array of beliefs, practices, and features of material culture and society that reflect and shape individual experiences and ... More

The Judeo-Christian and Abrahamic Traditions in American Public Life  

K. Healan Gaston

The terms “Judeo-Christian” and “Abrahamic” are collective religious descriptors that identify points of theological, historical, and ethical commonality between the world’s largest ... More

Film and Religion in America  

Eric Michael Mazur

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Jan 2018
Religion intersects with film not only in film content, but also in the production and experience of film. From the earliest period, religious attitudes have shaped how religious ... More

Denomination in American Public Life  

Russell E. Richey

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Jan 2018
A voluntary religious community and ecclesial creation of modernity, the denomination emerged alongside of and along with the political party, the free press, and free enterprise. By 1702 ... More

Architecture, the Built Environment, and Religion in America  

Peter W. Williams

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Jan 2018
The development of religious architecture in what is now the United States is tied closely to continuing immigration and the development both of de facto and de jure religious pluralism. ... More

Space, Architecture, and American Religious Diversity  

Jeanne Halgren Kilde

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Sep 2017
Religions are fundamentally spatial, as they require space in which to assemble, to engage in ritual practices, and to form community. Every religious group that has existed in the United ... More

Afterlife in American Religion  

Kathryn Gin Lum

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Jun 2017
Heaven and hell have survived in the United States beyond scientific critiques of the supernatural. For many Americans, the promise of eternal rewards and the threat of everlasting ... More

Spatial Politics and American Religious Pluralism  

Bret E. Carroll

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Apr 2017
American religious pluralism is not simply diversity but a dynamic process of interaction and exchange. Its core is a spatial politics in which religious groups create meaningful spaces ... More

Pilgrimages in the United States  

Juan E. Campo

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Apr 2017
Pilgrimage, as a type of religious journey, involves embodied movement across geographic, social, political, cultural, and often religious boundaries to a sacred place or landscape. It is ... More

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