Introducing American Religion
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Use of additional resources will enrich the study of religion and religious diversity in American culture. Several encyclopedias and dictionaries amplify the discussion in this text. Among them are Charles H. Lippy and Peter W. Williams, eds., Encyclopedia of the American Religious Experience, 3 vols. (New York: Scribners, 1988), and the four-volume Encyclopedia of Religion in America (Washington: CQ Press, 2010), also edited by Lippy and Williams. For information on particular religious groups, see J. Gordon Melton, Encyclopedia of American Religions, 3rd ed. (Detroit: Gale, 1989).

Traditions and movements

On particular traditions and movements, see Randall Balmer, Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2002); Stanley M. Burgess, ed., International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, rev. ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002); Michael Glazier and Thomas J. Shelley, eds., Encyclopedia of American Catholic History (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1997); Kerry M. Olitzky, ed. Encyclopedia of American Synagogue Ritual (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2000); and Daniel G. Reid, Robert D. Linder, Bruce L. Shelley, and Harry S. Stout, eds., Dictionary of Christianity in America (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1990).


Helpful maps are found in Bret E. Carroll, The Routledge Historical Atlas of Religion in America (New York: Routledge, 2000), and in Edwin S. Gaustad, Philip L. Barlow, and Richard W. Dishno, New Historical Atlas of Religion in America, 3d ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001). Samuel S. Hill and Charles H. Lippy, eds., Encyclopedia of Religion in the South, 2d ed. (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2005), looks at one region. On issues of region, the nine-volume "Religion by Region" series produced under the auspices of the Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life (Trinity College, Hartford, CT) and published by AltaMira Press (2004-2006) offers much insight.


Rosemary Skinner Keller, Rosemary Radford Ruether, and Marie Cantion, eds., Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America, 3 vols. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006), is invaluable on the role of women.


Several resources offer biographical information. Especially helpful are Henry Warner Bowden, Dictionary of American Religious Biography, 2d ed. (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1993); John J. Delaney, Dictionary of American Catholic Biography (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984); J. Gordon Melton, Religious Leaders of America: A Biographical Guide to Founders and Leaders of Religious Bodies, Churches, and Spiritual Groups in North America (Detroit: Gale Research, 1991); and Mark G. Toulouse and James O. Duke, eds., Makers of Christian Theology in America (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1999).

Primary source collections and anthologies

Valuable primary sources and theological writings are found in Edwin S. Gaustad and Mark A. Noll, eds., A Documentary History of Religion in America, 2 vols., 3d ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003); Mark Massa aand Catherine Osborne, eds., American Catholic History: A Documentary Reader (New York: New York University Press, 2008); Rosemary Radford Ruether and Rosemary Skinner Keller, eds. In Our Own Voices: Four Centuries of American Women’s Religious Writing (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1995); and Mark G. Toulouse and James O. Duke, eds., Sources of Christian Theology in America (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1999). Comprehensive secondary and primary materials form the focus of Cornel West and Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., ed.s, African American Religious Thought: An Anthology (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003).


Several websites are helpful in advancing the theme of this text. Most notable is that of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, accessible at Especially helpful on recent developments are the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life ( and the Faith Communities Today study conducted by the Hartford Seminary Foundation (

More specialized are that looks at African American religious life and culture, that features Roman Catholic life and history, and, the website of the American Jewish Historical Society.

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