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Gods in America: Religious Pluralism in the United States

Charles L. Cohen and Ronald L. Numbers

Abstract

Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries most Americans acted as though they lived in a Christian nation. Most Americans knew little about the religions of the world except that there were Jews, Muslims, “heathens” (such as Native Americans, Buddhists, and Hindus), and a handful of freethinkers who embraced no religion. Even the notion of a Judeo-Christian culture did not win widespread acceptance until after World War II. The religious landscape of the United States changed dramatically in the wake of federal legislation in 1965 that abolished the restrictive (and Euro-centric) ... More

Keywords: Religious pluralism, pluralism, religions, religious diversity, freedom of religion---United States, United States---religion---history---post-1945, United States---religion---post1945

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199931903
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931903.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles L. Cohen, editor
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ronald L. Numbers, editor
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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