By Edward L Queen II, Stephen R Prothero, Gardiner H Shattuck Jr., Fairfax M Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity Martin E Marty

ISBN-10: 0816066604

ISBN-13: 9780816066605

This quantity charts new territory in its assurance of spiritual historical past and variety within the usa. greater than 800 entries, a hundred of that have been additional for this variation, define the various philosophers, personalities, social concerns, and cultural histories of non secular practices all through American historical past. detailed emphasis has been given to fresh advancements in American non secular lifestyles and at the historic contributions of individuals lengthy missed via spiritual historians, together with African american citizens, local american citizens, and girls.

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Augustine, the colony was never rebuilt. French colonization moved west and north, primarily along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. This happened because New France drew most of its economic power from the fur trade, and access to navigable rivers was essential to the transport of goods and their traders. Its settlements in the modern-day United States were mostly small and existed to serve the trading nature of French colonization. While French missionary priests, particularly the JESUITS, undertook heroic acts to convert the Indian peoples to Christianity and to minister to the scattered French population, outside of New Orleans there was relatively little organized and sustained religious activity.

Still others simply found it difficult, if not impossible, to police their borders. Many of the boundaries between the colonies were undemarcated and unsettled. The vast wilderness also made travel and supervision difficult. Small groups, not to mention individuals, could live unmolested. The colonies that did not hinder settlement for religious reasons served as a window for those living in colonies more restrictive of their inhabitants’ religious practices. By the time of the American Revolution, the religious reality of British North America increasingly had begun to resemble a stew in which it was A Short History of Religion in America impossible to isolate and separate the various parts.

By the beginning of the 18th century, British North America was a religiously mixed bag. Although many laws reflected the views that the European colonists had brought with them, including a dismissiveness of the religious practices of the indigenous peoples, the reality of the variety of practices in the colonies, the presence of an ungoverned frontier, and the differences in colonial governance made it exceedingly difficult to enforce the 22 Encyclopedia of American Religious History laws completely.

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