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A Religious History of the American People 2nd ed. Edition
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Because of its length, this book looks intimidating; however, the thorough approach Ahlstrom has taken coupled with his presentation of Puritanism as the factor that has served to shape American theolgy more than any other makes the reading of this volume very worth the effort!
This point becomes even smaller when compared to the many strengths of this book. It is amazingly comprehensive for a single volume. And though it is over 1,000 pages it reads easily. It also has a fine index and can be used for reference on specific topics as well as reading from front to back. This is a strong book and belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the religious life of America.
The book is made up of 63 chapters, which, after an opening introductory chapter, are grouped together into nine parts: the "European Prologue," how the churches came to the New World, the period of the first Great Awakening and the American Revolution, "The Golden Age of Democratic Evangelicalism" followed by "Countervailing Religion," the period of the Civil War, "The Ordeals of Transition" with the development of liberal theology and the social gospel during the late nineteenth century, the early twentieth century including World Wars I and II, and finally "Toward Post-Puritan America.Read more ›
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Thank you very much your cost has help to keep my cost in balancePublished 15 months ago by Robert Harcum
This book was for my husband as required reading for his PhD Reading seminar, and he LOVES it. It is ridiculously long (though it has pictures! Read morePublished 19 months ago by SWegener
The late historian Sydney Ahlstrom, in his magnum opus, has given us a classic in understanding American history. Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Rev. Ralph
One of the most comprehensive and articulate accounts of American religious history published. It is a must have for any serious student of American religious history.Published on October 2, 2013 by bcowan
This is a great religious history of America that I have
had on my list for a long time. It is big and a little
heavy but well written and readable. Read more
Very comprehensive coverage - one of the best I own. Using it for a course in US Church history - it can be considered one of the definitive volumes.Published on March 9, 2010 by Lloyd Wright