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Paranormal America

Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture Second Edition CHRISTOPHER D. BADER, JOSEPH O. BAKER, and F. CARSON MENCKEN

PAR ANO RM AL AM ERIC A

The untold account of the countless Americans who believe in, or personally experience, paranormal phenomena such as ghosts, Bigfoot, UFOs and psychics

GHOST ENCOUNTERS, UFO SIGHTINGS,

Given the popularity of television shows such as Finding Bigfoot, Ghost Hunters, Supernatural, and American Horror Story, there seems to be an insatiable public hunger for mystical happenings. But who believes in the paranormal? Based on extensive research and their own unique personal experiences, Christopher Bader, Joseph Baker and F. Carson Mencken reveal that a significant number of Americans hold these beliefs and that for better or worse, we undoubtedly live in a paranormal America. BIGFOOT HUNTS, and OTHER CURIOSITIES

in RELIGION and CULTURE

SECOND EDITION

CHRISTOPHER D. BADER, JOSEPH O. BAKER, and F. CARSON MENCKEN

The second edition includes new and updated research based on findings from major national surveys regarding America’s relationship with the paranormal. The authors examine topics such as the ways in which paranormal beliefs relate to each other, whether they will give rise to a new religion, and how believers in the paranormal differ from “average” Americans. Brimming with fascinating anecdotes and provocative new findings, Paranormal America offers an entertaining yet authoritative examination of a growing segment of American religious culture. CHRISTOPHER D. BADER is Associate Professor of Sociology at Baylor University. JOSEPH O. BAKER is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at East Tennessee State University.

The Social Gospel in American Religion A History CHRISTOPHER H. EVANS

The Social Gospel in American Religion

A remarkable history of the powerful and influential social gospel movement

A H I S T O RY

The global crises of child labor, alcoholism and poverty were all brought to our attention through the social gospel movement. Its impact on American society makes it one of the most influential developments in American religious history. Christopher H. Evans traces the development of the social gospel in American Protestantism, and illustrates how the religious idealism of the movement also rose up within Judaism and Catholicism. Christopher H. Evans

Evans demonstrates how the presence of the social gospel continued in American culture long after its alleged demise following World War I. He also explores the relationship between the liberal social gospel of the early twentieth century and later iterations of social reform in late twentieth century evangelicalism. The Social Gospel in American Religion considers an impressive array of historical figures including Washington Gladden, Emil Hirsch, Frances Willard, Reverdy Ransom, Walter Rauschenbusch, Stephen Wise, John Ryan, Harry Emerson Fosdick, A.J. Muste, Georgia Harkness, and Benjamin Mays. It demonstrates how these figures contributed to the shape of the social gospel in America, while arguing that the movement’s legacy lies in its profound influence on broader traditions of liberal-progressive political reform in American history. CHRISTOPHER H. EVANS is Professor of Theology at Boston University.

F. CARSON C. MENCKEN is professor of sociology at Baylor University. APRIL 2017 304 PAGES • 68 black & white illustrations PAPER • 978-1-4798-1528-9 • $28.00S (£22.99) CLOTH • 978-1-4798-1965-2 • $89.00X (£74.00) Previous Edition • PAPER • 978-0-8147-9135-6 RELIGION 32

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APRIL 2017 304 PAGES PAPER • 978-1-4798-8857-3 • $28.00S (£22.99) CLOTH • 978-1-4798-6953-4 • $89.00X (£74.00) RELIGION 1.800.996.NYUP


NYU Press Spring 2017