American Secularism

Written By Joseph O. Baker
American Secularism
  • Publsiher : NYU Press
  • Release : 25 September 2015
  • ISBN : 1479873721
  • Pages : 304 pages
  • Rating : 4/5 from 21 reviews
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Read or download book entitled American Secularism written by Joseph O. Baker which was release on 25 September 2015, this book published by NYU Press. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. Book excerpt: A rapidly growing number of Americans are embracing life outside the bounds of organized religion. Although America has long been viewed as a fervently religious Christian nation, survey data shows that more and more Americans are identifying as “not religious.” There are more non-religious Americans than ever before, yet social scientists have not adequately studied or typologized secularities, and the lived reality of secular individuals in America has not been astutely analyzed. American Secularism documents how changes to American society have fueled these shifts in the non-religious landscape and examines the diverse and dynamic world of secular Americans. This volume offers a theoretical framework for understanding secularisms. It explores secular Americans’ thought and practice to understand secularisms as worldviews in their own right, not just as negations of religion. Drawing on empirical data, the authors examine how people live secular lives and make meaning outside of organized religion. Joseph O. Baker and Buster G. Smith link secularities to broader issues of social power and organization, providing an empirical and cultural perspective on the secular landscape. In so doing, they demonstrate that shifts in American secularism are reflective of changes in the political meanings of “religion” in American culture. American Secularism addresses the contemporary lived reality of secular individuals, outlining forms of secular identity and showing their connection to patterns of family formation, sexuality, and politics, providing scholars of religion with a more comprehensive understanding of worldviews that do not include traditional religion. Data Analyses Appendix Instructor's Guide

American Secularism

American Secularism
  • Author : Joseph O. Baker,Buster G. Smith
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2015-09-25
  • Total pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1479873721
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Summary : A rapidly growing number of Americans are embracing life outside the bounds of organized religion. Although America has long been viewed as a fervently religious Christian nation, survey data shows that more and more Americans are identifying as “not religious.” There are more non-religious Americans than ever before, yet social ...

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  • Author : Bruce Ledewitz
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-06-01
  • Total pages : 312
  • ISBN : 1479873721
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Summary : Since 1947, the Supreme Court has promised government neutrality toward religion, but in a nation whose motto is "In God We Trust" and which pledges allegiance to "One Nation under God," the public square is anything but neutral -- a paradox not lost on a rapidly secularizing America and a point ...

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  • Publisher : Metropolitan Books
  • Release Date : 2005-01-07
  • Total pages : 432
  • ISBN : 1479873721
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Summary : An authoritative history of the vital role of secularist thinkers and activists in the United States, from a writer of "fierce intelligence and nimble, unfettered imagination" (The New York Times) At a time when the separation of church and state is under attack as never before, Freethinkers offers a powerful ...

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  • Author : Peter Coviello
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2019-11-14
  • Total pages : 312
  • ISBN : 1479873721
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Summary : From the perspective of Protestant America, nineteenth-century Mormons were the victims of a peculiar zealotry, a population deranged––socially, sexually, even racially––by the extravagances of belief they called “religion.” Make Yourselves Gods offers a counter-history of early Mormon theology and practice, tracking the Saints from their emergence as a ...

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  • Author : Jonathon S. Kahn,Vincent W. Lloyd
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-03-01
  • Total pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1479873721
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Summary : This anthology draws bold comparisons between secularist strategies to contain, privatize, and discipline religion and the treatment of racialized subjects by the American state. Specializing in history, literature, anthropology, theology, religious studies, and political theory, contributors expose secularism's prohibitive practices in all facets of American society and suggest opportunities for ...

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  • Author : Leigh Eric Schmidt
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-10-05
  • Total pages : 272
  • ISBN : 1479873721
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Summary : The forgotten story of the nineteenth-century freethinkers and twentieth-century humanists who tried to build their own secular religion In The Church of Saint Thomas Paine, Leigh Eric Schmidt tells the surprising story of how freethinking liberals in nineteenth-century America promoted a secular religion of humanity centered on the deistic revolutionary ...

Secularism in Antebellum America

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  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2011-12-15
  • Total pages : 313
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Summary : Ghosts, railroads, Sing Sing, sex machines - these are just a few of the phenomena that appear in this pioneering account of religion and society in 19th-century America....

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  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Total pages : 168
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Summary : Europe is a relatively secular part of the world in global terms. Why is this so? And why is the situation in Europe so different from that in the United States?The first chapter of this book - the theme - articulates this contrast. The remaining chapters - the variations ...

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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2016-02-16
  • Total pages : 512
  • ISBN : 1479873721
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Summary : In a groundbreaking historical work that addresses religious conversion in the West from an uncompromisingly secular perspective, Susan Jacoby challenges the conventional narrative of conversion as a purely spiritual journey. From the transformation on the road to Damascus of the Jew Saul into the Christian evangelist Paul to a twenty-first-century “...

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  • Author : David E. Campbell,Geoffrey C. Layman,John C. Green
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-12-03
  • Total pages : 268
  • ISBN : 1479873721
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Summary : Many Americans are turning away from religion. Will a Secular Left rise to counter the Religious Right?...

American Judaism in Transition

American Judaism in Transition
  • Author : Gerhard Falk
  • Publisher : University Press of America
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Total pages : 411
  • ISBN : 1479873721
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Summary : The American Jewish community is in transition. This book describes in detail how American Jews changed from living in a religion-oriented community to living a secular life. Falk discusses how Jewish Americans were greatly influenced by the secularization of Western civilization in general and by the Christian community in Europe ...

American Secularism

American Secularism
  • Author : Joseph O. Baker,Buster G. Smith
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2015-09-25
  • Total pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1479873721
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Summary : Honorable Mention, American Sociological Association Section on Religion Distinguished Book Award A rapidly growing number of Americans are embracing life outside the bounds of organized religion. Although America has long been viewed as a fervently religious Christian nation, survey data shows that more and more Americans are identifying as “not ...

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  • Author : Jacques Berlinerblau
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release Date : 2012-09-11
  • Total pages : 224
  • ISBN : 1479873721
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Summary : Why secularism isn’t the same thing as atheism—and why it’s crucial for preserving liberty and democracy for all Americans, regardless of their beliefs. Founding father Thomas Jefferson believed that “religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God,” but these days many people seem ...

Secular Surge

Secular Surge
  • Author : David E. Campbell,Geoffrey C. Layman,John C. Green
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-12-03
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 1479873721
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Summary : American society is rapidly secularizing–a radical departure from its historically high level of religiosity–and politics is a big part of the reason. Just as, forty years ago, the Religious Right arose as a new political movement, today secularism is gaining traction as a distinct and politically energized identity. ...

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  • Author : Tracy Fessenden,Associate Professor of Religious Studies Tracy Fessenden
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Total pages : 337
  • ISBN : 1479873721
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Summary : Many Americans wish to believe that the United States, founded in religious tolerance, has gradually and naturally established a secular public sphere that is equally tolerant of all religions--or none. Culture and Redemption suggests otherwise. Tracy Fessenden contends that the uneven separation of church and state in America, far from ...