One of our foremost historians of religion here chronicles the arrival of Christianity in the New World, tracing the turning points in the development of the immigrant church that have led to today's distinctly American faith. Taking a unique approach to this fascinating subject, Noll focuses on what was new about organized Christian religion on the American continent by comparison with European Christianity. In doing so, Noll provides a broad outline of the major events in the history of the Christian churches that have filled North America with such remarkable vitality and diversity. He also highlights some of the most important interpretive issues in the transfer of the hereditary religion of Europe to America.
Mark A. Noll is Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.
From Europe to America - Colonization, 1492-1730 - The Churches Become American, 1730-1830 - The Separation of Church and State - The High Tide of Protestantism, 1830-1865 - A New Christian Pluralism, 1865-1906 - Divisions, Renewal, Fragmentation, 1906-1960 - The Recent Past, 1960-2000 - The Fate of the European Traditions - plus Appendices, Chronology, Bibliography, Index