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Cover Image: Encyclopedia of Religion in America
  • Date: 06/01/2010
  • Format: Print Cloth
  • Price: $730.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-87289-580-5
  • Pages: 2792

  • Format: Online
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Encyclopedia of Religion in America
Charles H. Lippy
Peter W. Williams

A multidisciplinary examination of religion in American life


Encyclopedia of Religion in America examines how religious history and practices are woven into the political, social, cultural, and historical landscape of North America. This authoritative four-volume reference work explains the origins, development, adaptation, influence, and interrelations of the many faiths practiced, including major world religions, new religious sects, cults, and religious movements that originated or had an influence in the United States.


Edited by well-known experts in the field, the Encyclopedia covers all the significant religious denominations and movements that have originated or flourished in North America, from the beginning of European settlement to the present day. The broad multidisciplinary coverage includes the religious life of indigenous peoples, specific aspects of religious life, and the relationship of political, social, economic, and cultural spheres.


Topics include:

  • Religion as an influential force in the U.S.
  • Methods of worship
  • Religion and politics
  • Homosexuality and religion
  • African American religion
  • Arts and architecture
  • Church-state issues
  • Education
  • Environment and ecology
  • Ethnicity
  • Evangelicals
  • Faiths
  • Gay and lesbian issues
  • Historical overviews
  • Immigration
  • Media (new and old)
  • Megachurches
  • Movements and denominations
  • New religious movements
  • Popular religion and culture
  • Race and racism
  • Religious thought
  • Religious Right
  • Rites
  • Role of women
  • Terrorism and war


Encyclopedia of Religion in America is an essential resource for students and scholars researching issues in a wide variety of social science disciplines, from American history to cultural studies, political science, gender studies, psychology of religion, and more. It reflects new scholarly research and interpretation that have emerged over the last two decades, as well as significant new areas of study, such as post-9/11 America, the role of gays and lesbians in church, gender, and the role of the evangelicals in American political life.

"Students and scholars interested in a wide range of subjects will find this work indispensable." - American Reference Books Annual

"In both its print and online versions, this encyclopedia is an absolute delight to browse." - Choice

"Highly recommended for most academic libraries and public libraries where demand for in-depth religious studies exists." - Library Journal
Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2011

Library Journal Best Reference 2010

Booklist Editor's Choice 2010

RUSA Outstanding Reference Source 2011
Charles H. Lippy
Charles H. Lippy is the LeRoy A. Martin Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A past president of the American Society of Church History, he has written or edited more than 20 books on American religious life. His most recent is Introducing American Religion, which appeared in 2009.

Peter W. Williams
Peter W. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religion and American Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A past president of the American Society of Church History, he is the author of several books and editor of a number of reference sets, including the Encyclopedia of the American Religious Experience (with Charles H. Lippy, 1988).
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