Lived Religion in America:Toward a History of Practice

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Lived Religion in America:Toward a History of Practice
"A fascinating collection that graphically demonstrates how participants become subtle theologians of 'lived religion' in America, from Ojibway hymn-singing to rustic homesteading and the 'Women's Aglow' movement."--John Butler, Yale UniversityAt once historically and theoretically informed, these essays invite the reader to think of religion dynamically, reconsidering American religious history in terms of practices that are linked to specific social contexts. The point of departure is the concept of "lived religion." Discussing such topics as gift exchange, cremation, hymn- singing, and women's spirituality, a group of leading sociologists and historians of religion explore the many facets of how people carry out their religious beliefs on a daily basis. As David Hall notes in his introduction, a history of practices "encompasses the tensions, the ongoing struggle of definition, that are constituted within every religious tradition and that are always present in how people choose to act. Practice thus suggests that any synthesis is provisional."The volume opens with two essays by Robert Orsi and Dani
Publication Date: 
November 19, 1997