Religion in America: A Very Short Introduction and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$10.42
Qty:1
  • List Price: $11.95
  • Save: $1.53 (13%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 15 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Religion in America: A Ve... has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Religion in America: A Very Short Introduction Paperback – July 29, 2008


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$10.42
$6.42 $3.75
$10.42 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 15 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Frequently Bought Together

Religion in America: A Very Short Introduction + When Religion Becomes Evil: Five Warning Signs (Plus) + I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim
Price for all three: $34.01

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195321073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195321074
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author


Timothy Beal is the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion at Case Western Reserve University. Author of several books, including the critically acclaimed Roadside Religion (2005), he has published essays on religion and American culture for The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Washington Post. He has been featured on national radio shows including NPR's All Things Considered and The Bob Edwards Show.

More About the Author

Timothy Beal is Florence Harkness Professor of Religion at Case Western Reserve University. He writes about the Bible and the fascinating and complicated ways it figures in culture. He has twelve books and has published recent essays in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Washington Post, and has been featured on radio shows including NPR's All Things Considered and The Bob Edwards Show. He also has a blog at HuffingtonPost.com/timothy-beal, which includes a series he does called BibliFact, which "fact-checks" political Bible talkers on the campaign trail.

Tim was born in Hood River, Oregon, and grew up just outside Anchorage, Alaska. He is married to Clover Reuter Beal, who is a Presbyterian minister (he calls her a "Presbyterian shaman," which totally makes sense to anyone who knows her). They have two kids, Sophie and Seth, and live in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Photographer Copyright Credit Name: Sophie Rebekah Beal, 2005.

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on November 29, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Any short introduction to a subject as vast as religion will inevitably leave a lot of martial out, and in the case of a religiously rich country like America this will be doubly so. It is impossible to squeeze in the full variety of the America's religious experience and history in a hundred odd pages, and there is a need for some judicious editing. Even granting all this, the "Religion in America: a very short introduction" comes across as a disappointment. It is written from an academically liberal perspective, and most of what is mainstream and ordinary in American religious landscape gets either marginalized at best, but more often viewed with suspicion. The single biggest religious institution, the Catholic Church, is barely mentioned in passing, and the recent rise of megachurches that are starting to dominate the religious conscience are not even granted that much of attention. Instead, many pages are spent on marginal and/or insignificant religious groups like Aryan Nation, Nation of Islam, Kentucky Buddhists, and similar groups. All these accounts are actually pretty interesting in their own right, but that doesn't help with understanding of the dominant forms of American religiosity.

In the chapter on history of religion in America a great deal is made of the genocide perpetrated against Native Americans. This is a very unfortunate chapter in American founding, but it is best understood through the lens of colonialism. To ascribe to it a primarily religious component is too much of a stretch.

One of the things that make America so different from other industrialized Western nations is the degree to which the US is religious, and Christian in particular. However, this book will not elicit any deeper understanding of where this religiosity comes from or what are its dominant manifestations. In its own right the book is well written and informative, but the title misrepresents what the main topics covered are.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Timothy Beal's book, "Religion in America" (2008) takes as its theme a motto on the Great Seal of the United States: "e pluribus unum", "from many, one". His book describes the ways in which the motto was and remains important to an understanding of religion in America. Beal is the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion at Case Western University, Ohio and the author of many books about American religion and about Biblical interpretation. The book is part of Oxford University Press' "Very Short Introductions" series, which has the goal of presenting many important subjects in brief, scholarly treatments for busy people.

The subject of the book, religion in America, has aspects which are both local and personal and extremely broad. In addition, the subject lends itself to a variety of treatments, including historical, sociological, philosophical and more. As Beal recognizes, treatment of the subject in a book of under 100 pages necessarily only skims the surface. Yet, Beal offers a readable, informed account with its own perspective that encourages thought about its subject.

In his brief account, Beal takes a variety of approaches with the aim of explaining the American paradox of unity in diversity. He takes the reader on a tour of the many (over 50) different religious sites and places of worship in the short drive from his home to his university. From this local point of view, Beal shifts to statistics which show the breadth of religious commitments in the United States with its many religious denominations, Christian and non-Christian. He talks as well about "outsider religion" practiced by some individuals with no particular denomination. In its early years, the United States was predominantly but not exclusively Protestant.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Y. Akbik on January 23, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I did not have any real issues with the time it took for the book to actually come and it was in perfect condition also.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S Brent Plate on September 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Beal understands that religion begins in the streets, that to understand the way religion functions we have to look at the places we pass on an everyday basis. The book works as a great primer for religion in the US since it gets at the diversity of perspectives found all around us (no matter who "us" is). I'll use it next semester for my course for sure.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?