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The Transformation of American ReligionThe Story of a Late-Twentieth-Century Awakening$
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Amanda Porterfield

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195131376

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195131371.001.0001

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The Great Awakening of the Late Twentieth Century

(p.227) Conclusion
The Transformation of American Religion

Amanda Porterfield (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The changes that took place in American religious life during the late twentieth century were, in some important respects, unprecedented. As the U.S. became hospitable to virtually all the religions of the world, more religious switching and experimenting occurred than ever before. In other respects, the enthusiasm for spirituality in this period was similar to previous Great Awakenings that have marked American religious history in the past. This concluding chapter compares the transformation of American religion in the late twentieth century to previous awakenings, suggesting that the impetus to spiritual expansion can be traced back through the American Transcendentalists to the New England Puritans and their influential role in shaping American culture.

Keywords:   American culture, American religious history, American Transcendentalists, enthusiasm, Great Awakening, New England Puritans, spirituality

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