A Weekend Poll

By March 9, 2012

I’ll be teaching a seminar this fall on American religious pluralism and I need to submit my book adoptions soon. What’s hip, new and suitable for upper-level undergrads? Or, alternatively, what are the go-to classics? It will be a general course, not specifically on Mormonism, but I know this crowd would have good ideas, so I’m just throwing it open for suggestions.

Just to reminisce… when I took my undergrad American religion course from Steve Marini at Wellesley College (using the cross-registration bus provided by MIT), we used Stephen Allstrom’s Religious History. Good times.

Suggest away.

Article filed under Book and Journal Reviews Pedagogy Reassessing the Classics


  1. Last time I taught it, by the way, I used Diana Eck, New Religious America, the Autobiography of Malcolm X, and Noah Feldman, Divided by God, plus assorted smaller readings.

    Comment by Tona H — March 9, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

  2. Steve Protheros last couple books are a bit orthogonal to this topic but interesting nonetheless.

    Comment by Smb — March 10, 2012 @ 9:09 am

  3. I’ve got nothing.

    Comment by Edje Jeter — March 10, 2012 @ 9:41 am

  4. Seems like Chaim Potok has written some essays about inter-religion dialogue that may be of use.

    Comment by smb — March 10, 2012 @ 10:08 am

  5. Pluralism, by William Connolly. More political, social, cultural commentary than history per se. A very smart read, and fairly short.

    Comment by Jacob — March 10, 2012 @ 10:19 am

  6. Catherine Albanese’s America: Religion and Religions is the staple at UCSB.

    Comment by Steve Fleming — March 10, 2012 @ 10:21 am

  7. There’s a lot of top-notch stuff recently out on the early American context. Here’s some of the best:


    *Chris Beneke, Beyond Toleration: The Religious Origins of American Pluralism

    *David Sehat, The Myth of American Religious Freedom

    Collection of Essays

    *Chris Beneke and Christopher S. Grenda, eds., The First Prejudice: Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America

    Primary Source Collection

    *John Corrigan and Lynn S. Neal, eds., Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History

    Comment by Christopher — March 10, 2012 @ 11:21 am

  8. William R. Hutchison’s “Religious Pluralism in America: The Contentious History of a Founding Ideal” is a solid study and worthy addition to the list of suggestions.

    Comment by Joseph Bonyata — March 13, 2012 @ 12:14 am


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