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America's Religions

From Their Origins to the Twenty-first Century

A revised edition of the essential reference

A classroom perennial and essential reference, America's Religions lays out the background, beliefs, practices, and leaders of the nation's religious movements and denominations. The fourth edition, thoroughly revised and updated by Peter W. Williams, draws on the latest scholarship. In addition to reconsidering the history of America's mainline faiths, it delves into contemporary issues like the religion's impact on politics and commerce; the increasingly high profile of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam; Mormonism's entry into the mainstream; and battles over gay marriage and ordination.

"Unmatched in its usefulness for students and educators, lay readers, and professional historians to think more clearly about the complexities of religious life in America."--The Historian

"A towering achievement. Peter Williams has provided a magisterial study that does justice to the rich pastiche of religious life in America."--Randall Balmer, author of Religion in Twentieth-Century America

"For coverage and liveliness of style, America's Religions is encyclopedic in the best sense of the word."--Kathleen Flake, Anglican and Episcopal History

"A rich resource for historians who take the long view, for religionists who focus on specific traditions, and for Americanists who examine distinctive cultures. Each will find Williams's new edition packed with insight and highly adaptable to diverse course uses."--Stephen J. Stein, author of Alternative American Religions

"This deftly written study, spiced by the author's droll humor, will serve as a standard guide to the subject for academics as well as general readers for years to come."--Grant A. Wacker, author of Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture


Peter W. Williams is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion and American Studies at Miami University. He is the author of Popular Religion in America and Houses of God.

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