By Stephen J. Stein
Substitute spiritual teams have had a profound effect on American history-they have challenged the previous and unfolded new methods of wondering therapeutic, modes of that means, spiritual texts and liturgies, the social and political order, and the relationships among faith and race, category, gender, and area. almost constantly, the dramatic, dynamic heritage of different religions runs parallel to that of dissent in the USA.
Communities of Dissent is an evenhanded and marvelously energetic historical past of recent spiritual pursuits in the United States. Stephen J. Stein describes the evolution and constitution of different spiritual events from either side: the critics and the spiritual dissenters themselves. offering a desirable examine quite a lot of New non secular pursuits, he investigates vague teams akin to the 19th-century Vermont Pilgrims, who wore bearskins and refused to wash or lower their hair, along better-known replacement believers, together with colonial America's greatest outsider religion, the Quakers; seventeenth- and 18th-century Mennonites, Amish, and Shakers; and the Christian Scientists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Black Muslims, and Scientologists of today.
Accessible and accomplished, Communities of Dissent additionally covers the milestones within the historical past of other American religions, from the notorious Salem witch trials and mass suicide/murder at Jonestown to the optimistic ways that substitute religions have affected racial family members, the empowerment of ladies, and American tradition in general.
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