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The Transformation of American Religion: The Story of a Late-Twentieth-Century Awakening

Amanda Porterfield


Religious life in the U.S. underwent a profound change in the late twentieth century as divisions between different religious groups softened, exposure to various religions increased, and Americans experienced growing interest in personalized forms of religious experience. The surge of interest in personalized forms of spirituality coincided with the decline in the mainstream Protestant institutions that had once dominated American religion and shaped American culture. It also coincided with the criticism of American arrogance, the debacle in Vietnam, and the defeat of victory culture. Neverth ... More

Keywords: American religion, American religious life, Holy Spirit, individualism, Protestant, Puritanism, spirituality, Transcendentalism, victory culture, Vietnam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195131376
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195131371.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amanda Porterfield, author
University of Wyoming
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