The History of Christianity in the United States: A Fortress Introduction
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This thorough and lively overview of Christian history in the United States, from colonial times to the present, is informed by both classical and recent scholarship and is written for the non-specialist. Four key insights frame the book. Christianity in America: (1) is chiefly a story of popular movements, (2) is influenced by conflict and engagement with modern ideas, (3) directly affects public life, and (4) expresses its identity and seeks its mission in a pluralistic culture.
Unlike many histories, Koester offers ample coverage of Protestant, Evangelical, and Roman Catholic developments. Includes black & white illustrations, maps, glossary, and other study aids.
- Colonial Beginnings
- Awakening, Enlightenment, and Revolution
- Christianity in the New Republic
- Slavery and Civil War
- Moving People
- Responses to Modernity
- The Great War to the Cold War
- A New Millennium
"Many general readers and beginning students want a concise, basic overview instead of a massive, detailed volume about the historical development of Christianity in the United States. That is just what this book provides a brief survey, in understandable language, based upon respected academic sources. The breadth of content covered in so few pages is remarkable. Koester is balanced and judicious in her narrative, and she is aware of the themes and issues of current scholarship."
—Bruce David Forbes, Professor of Religious Studies, Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa
"Nancy Koester's highly accessible introduction to the history of American Christianity does not sacrifice attention to the complexities of multiple and ever-unfolding plot lines. She offers powerful examples of how changing social, political, and economic realities in every century have demanded responses from the established traditions and have given rise to new forms of Christianity as well. Further, she has a gift for demonstrating the drama rather than the dryness of theological issues."
—Mary Farrell Bednarowski, Professor of Religious Studies Emerita, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities