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In a series of penetrating essays written by some of the most distinguished scholars of religion in America, the definition, role, and study of denominationalism is reexamined. A denomination may be understood as an organizational form combining traditional religious claims with a free society in a uniquely American manner; as such, it is an essential subject of study for historians of religion and culture. Several essays address the question of the history and future prospects of denominational studies; others explore the significance for understanding denominations of new methodological options drawn from anthropology, sociology, and the history of religions as well as from history itself. Finally, a series of case studies focusing on such topics as gender, Judaism, African American denominations, and the intersection of progressive interests in scientific management with denominational organization illustrate some of the ways in which these methodologies may be applied to denominational studies. These essays challenge the reader to think about the American denomination in new and creative ways and will frame scholarly dialogue on this topic for a generation. General; upper-division undergraduate; graduate; faculty. S. C. Pearson; Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
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