Throughout all American history, our debates have been strident, but the outcomes have moved fairly steadily away from conservative past positions. Prothero covers this accurately and eloquently. You will be reading and reviewing Stephen Prothero’s, Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections): How Raucous, Nasty, and Mean “Culture Wars” Make for a More Inclusive Nation. The battles from Jefferson’s Heresies to Gay Marriage (NY, Harper One, 2016)
Prothero, Stephen. Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections): A History of the Religious Battles That Define America from Jefferson’s Heresies to Gay Marriage Today. Reprint edition. HarperOne, 2016.
Prothero, Stephen R., ed. A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.
———. American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon. 1st ed. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003.
———. God Is Not One : The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World–and Why Their Differences Matter. Vol. 1. Book, Whole. New York: HarperOne, 2010.
———. Is America’s Jesus Good for the Jews? San Francisco: University of San Francisco, 2005.
———. Purified by Fire: A History of Cremation in America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.
———. Religions of the East: Paths to Enlightenment. Sound recording. Prince Frederick, Md: Recorded Books, 2005.
———. Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know–and Doesn’t. Book, Whole. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2007.
———. The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation. 1st ed. New York: HarperOne, 2012.
———. The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott. Religion in North America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996.
———. The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott. 1st pbk. ed. Religion in North America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011.
Queen, Edward L., Stephen R. Prothero, and Gardiner H. Shattuck. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. Book, Whole. New York: Facts On File, 1996.
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