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God and the Atlantic: America, Europe, and the Religious Divide

Thomas Albert Howard


Since the 18th-century Enlightenment, the United States and Western Europe's paths to modernity have diverged sharply with respect to religion. In short, Americans have maintained much friendlier ties with traditional forms of religion than their European counterparts. What explains this transatlantic religious divide? While the divide has received considerable commentary from journalists and sociologists in recent decades, this is the first major work of cultural and intellectual history devoted to the subject. Accessing the topic though 19th- and early 20th-century European commentary on the ... More

Keywords: commentary, perception, transatlantic, Alexis de Tocqueville, Philip Schaff, Jacques Maritain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199565511
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565511.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Albert Howard, author
Professor of History, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts
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