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Spatial Constructions of the American Secular  

Chad Seales

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Feb 2018
Secularization and secularism are interpretive narratives and analytical systems of locative naming that co-construct the category of religion in spatial relationship to the idea of the ... More

Settler Colonialism and U.S. Home Missions  

Matthew J. Smith

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Feb 2018
Home Missions in the United States was a white Protestant missionary movement within the geopolitical borders of the US empire—both its contiguous states as well as its colonial ... More

Religion, Charity, and Philanthropy in America  

David P. King

Giving to religion makes up the largest percentage of American charity and philanthropy. Religious charities also make up the largest percent of U.S. nonprofits. Beyond the numbers, ... More

Race and Catholicism in American History  

Justin D. Poché

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Feb 2018
Catholicism, as both an institution and a culture of popular beliefs, rituals, and values, has played an important role in the formation of racial boundaries in American society. The logic ... More

The Prosperity Gospel in America  

Kate Bowler

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Feb 2018
“Prosperity gospel” is a term used mostly by critics to describe a theology and movement based on the belief that God wants to reward believers with health and wealth. The prosperity ... More

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 Black Atlantic and the African Diaspora  

Walter C. Rucker

The Black Atlantic and the African Diaspora refer to overlapping geographic and historical concepts each representing a complex series of dispersals, connections and reconnections, ... More

U.S. Protestant Foreign Missions after World War II  

David C. Kirkpatrick

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Jan 2018
After the Second World War, the drama of Protestant missions featured a diversifying cast of characters. Local actors in the Global South, alongside reform-minded missionaries from the ... More

Religious Ceremonies in American Public Life  

Joseph W. Williams

Throughout the history of the British colonies and the United States, Americans from different religious traditions have performed a wide variety of religious rituals in public spaces and ... More

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