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The 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

Space and Church–State Controversies in America  

John C. Blakeman

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May 2017
Issues of church and state are an important element of American religious history and politics. Church–state issues frequently concern the extent of government regulation over religious ... More

Social Christianity in America  

Heath W. Carter

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May 2017
Social Christianity is a heterogeneous tradition that has been cultivated by a diverse array of American Christians who shared in common an intuition that the source of social problems is ... More

Moderation in American Religion  

Rosemary R. Corbett

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May 2017
Religious moderation is hardly the first thing that comes to mind when considering the history of the United States. Would one have spoken of the Puritans as moderates? Could one ... 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

Race and Religion in the United States  

Ryan P. Jordan

For centuries before the European colonization of North America, sectarian, ethnic, and racial discrimination were interrelated. The proscription of certain groups based on their ... More

Martin Luther’s Influence on Legal Reforms and Civil Law  

John Witte Jr.

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Mar 2017
The Lutheran Reformation transformed not only theology and the church but law and the state as well. Beginning in the 1520s, Martin Luther joined up with various jurists and political ... More

State and Citizenship in Modern Arab Muslim Thought  

Louay Safi

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Feb 2017
Intellectual debates and sociopolitical changes in Arab societies have brought about new political outlooks and consciousness, and have resulted in profound political change and ... More

Race, Sectionalism, and Religion in America  

John L. Crow

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Feb 2017
Sectionalism denotes the division of a country, such as the United States, into sections based on shared cultures, religions, and racial, economic, and political identities. These sections ... More

Race, Class, Religion, and American Citizenship  

Janine Giordano Drake

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Feb 2017
As a nation grounded in the appropriation of Native land and the destruction of Native peoples, Christianity has helped define what it means to be “American” from the start. Even though ... More

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