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Communities of Dissent: A History of Alternative Religions in America

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Alternative religious groups have had a profound influence on American history-they have challenged the old and opened up new ways of thinking about healing, modes of meaning, religious texts and liturgies, the social and political order, and the relationships between religion and race, class, gender, and region. Virtually always, the dramatic, dynamic history of alternative religions runs parallel to that of dissent in America.

Communities of Dissent is an evenhanded and marvelously lively history of New Religious Movements in America. Stephen J. Stein describes the evolution and structure of alternative religious movements from both sides: the critics and the religious dissenters themselves. Providing a fascinating look at a wide range of New Religious Movements, he investigates obscure groups such as the 19th-century Vermont Pilgrims, who wore bearskins and refused to bathe or cut their hair, alongside better-known alternative believers, including colonial America's largest outsider faith, the Quakers; 17th- and 18th-century Mennonites, Amish, and Shakers; and the Christian Scientists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Black Muslims, and Scientologists of today.

Accessible and comprehensive, Communities of Dissent also covers the milestones in the history of alternative American religions, from the infamous Salem witch trials and mass suicide/murder at Jonestown to the positive ways in which alternative religions have affected racial relations, the empowerment of women, and American culture in general.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 147-155) and index.

About the Author

Stephen J. Stein is a professor of religious studies at Indiana University. His books include Jonathan Edwards's Writings: Text, Context, Interpretation, The Shaker Experience in America: A History of the United Society of Believers, and The Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism: Apocalypticism in the Modern Period and the Contemporary Age (editor).

Table of Contents

Talking about religious outsiders — Early dissenters and popular religion — Peace movements in colonial America — Communitarians living on the margins — Apocalyptic traditions: watching and waiting for the end — Healers and occultists: women of spiritual means — Sectarians in the city — Twentieth-century sects and cults.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195158250
Author:
Stein, Stephen J.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Stephen J.
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
History
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Religion, Politics & State
Subject:
History, Other | History of Religion
Subject:
United States Religion.
Subject:
Sects -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Theology | American
Subject:
Religion & Theology | American
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Series Volume:
#801
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Young adult
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 b/w illus.
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
8.42x5.50x.57 in. .52 lbs.

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