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The Bible in American Life

Philip Goff, Arthur Farnsley, and Peter Thuesen


This book is an interdisciplinary reflection on the ways Americans use the Bible in their personal lives. It considers how other influences, including religious communities and the internet, have shaped and continue to form individuals’ comprehension of scripture. Employing both quantitative methods (the General Social Survey and the National Congregations Study) and qualitative research (historical studies for context), this book provides an unprecedented perspective on the Bible’s role outside worship, in the lived religion of a broad cross-section of Americans both now and in the past. From ... More

Keywords: Bible, Bible reading, race and religion, inerrancy, religious demographics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190468910
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190468910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Goff, editor
Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture and Chancellor's Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, and History, IUPUI

Arthur Farnsley, editor
Director of the Indiana University Center for Civic Literacy and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, IUPUI

Peter Thuesen, editor
Professor of Religious Studies, IUPUI

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Part One Overview

1 The Bible in American Life Today

Philip Goff, Arthur E. Farnsley II, and Peter J. Thuesen

Part Two Past

2 America’s First Bible

Linford D. Fisher

11 The Soul’s Train

Paul Harvey

12 Where Two or Three Are Gathered

Christopher D. Cantwell

13 “Thy Word Is True”

Jason A. Hentschel

14 Selling Trust

Daniel Vaca

16 Let Us Be Attentive

Garrett Spivey

Part Three Present

20 Transforming Practice

John B. Weaver

23 Feels Right Exegesis

J. Derrick Lemons

24 Crowning the King

Paul C. Gutjahr

27 Feeling the Word

Sara M. Patterson

Part Four Retrospective

28 The Bible

Mark A. Noll

End Matter