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by Sydney E. Ahlstrom

This classic work, winner of the 1973 National Book Award in Philosophy and Religion and Christian Century’s choice as the Religious Book of the Decade (1979), is now issued with a new chapter by noted religious historian David Hall, who carries the story of American religious history forward to the present day.Praise for the earlier edition:“An unusual and praiseworthy book. . . . It takes a modern, almost anthropological view of history, in which worship is a part of a web of culture along with play, love, dress, and language.”―B.A. Weisberger, Washington Post Book World “The most detailed, most polished of the works in its tradition.”―Martin E. Marty, New York Times Book Review “An intellectual delight that one does not so much read as savor.”―America“The definitive one-volume study by the leading authority.”―Christianity Today“No one writing or thinking hereafter about America’s past will be able to ignore Ahlstrom’s magisterial account of the religious element.”―American Historical Review
Download A Religious History of the American People epub
ISBN: 0300100124
ISBN13: 978-0300100129
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Author: Sydney E. Ahlstrom
Language: English
Publisher: Yale University Press; 2nd ed. edition (May 10, 2004)
Pages: 1216 pages
ePUB size: 1550 kb
FB2 size: 1219 kb
Rating: 4.5
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This book is truly the standard history on the religious life of the American people.. The fact that it was judged the best book on religion of the 1970's is not difficult to see.. I had the privilege of being a student of Mr. Ahlstrom at Yale in the mid 60's and can attest to the fact that he was a scholar of great distinction... The wonderful thing about this volume is how readable it is to the average person...Yes.. it is a scholarly work, but is written in such a lucid, readable style that a person with very little knowledge of the subject can still come to an understanding of the religious currents of American life... Everything is here... the great Puritan tradition of Cotton Mather and Jonathan Edwards right down to the decline of denominations in the "Age of Aquarius" in the 1960's and the "Death of God" movement of that period.. Ahlstrom deals with all aspects of American religious life Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox along with acids of modernity... This volume deals with the period from the early 19th century to 1970. I strongly encourage the reader to read the first volume which deals with the period from the settlement of America to the beginning of the 19th century... It is in this volume that Ahlstrom points out the lasting Puritan legacy;... Both volumes are just wonderful..they are a great addition to any person's library on an important part of life in this nation over a 350 year period..
In this one volume you can get a sense of the breadth and depth of the religious experience in the United States. It is a stunning story and one that the author tells quite well. The book is now thirty years old, so you can't expect anything after the 1960s. From my point of view, the book is stronger in dealing with the larger and more mainstream religious viewpoints than the minority sects and religions. While smaller, they are often not marginal and have had an impact on our culture beyond their size and yet the tone used in discussing them treats them, too often for my taste, as marginal. The point being that if you are already in the religious mainstream faiths, this book will seem more objective to you than if you are one of the faiths outside those traditions. However, I don't think this is so much a weakness in the book as an atmospheric you might or might not notice as your read it - depending on where you are in the religious tradition of the US.
This point becomes even smaller when compared to the many strengths of this book. It is amazingly comprehensive for a single volume. And though it is over 1,000 pages it reads easily. It also has a fine index and can be used for reference on specific topics as well as reading from front to back. This is a strong book and belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the religious life of America.
The late historian Sydney Ahlstrom, in his magnum opus, has given us a classic in understanding American history. Rather than deliver a history of the institution of the churches in the land, Ahlstrom has interpreted religious history in the total context of American history. His underlying awareness of the Puritan heritage gives the book a unifying theme. In my opinion, this book is "required reading" for anyone attempting to understand the American people.

The paperback edition is fine quality publishing, with an excellent Foreword by David D. Hall
This book was for my husband as required reading for his PhD Reading seminar, and he LOVES it. It is ridiculously long (though it has pictures!), but he is fascinated with the information. It is incredibly well written with masterfully crafted sentences and well-flowing, evocative imagery, High-level language, but for the level of reading he is used to now, he considers it an "easy read."

Good for american history/church history buffs, very informative
good. I use it as an encyclopedia for all the historical periods. The added essay on the collapse of mainline Protestantism is good.
Dear Amazon folks, This is such a good book. Please, please consider making it into a Kindle version as well. Nuff said...
An excellent classic by a highly regarded Yale scholar of religion and history. Book in excellent condition. I'm well beyond pleased.
Impofrtant book