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A Documentary History of Religion in America, Fourth Edition
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A Documentary History of Religion in America, Fourth Edition

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Eerdmans 2018

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Gathering Interest


For decades students and scholars have turned to the Documentary History of Religion in America for access to the most significant primary sources relating to American religious history from the sixteenth century to the present. This fourth edition has been updated and condensed, allowing instructors to more easily cover the material in a single semester.

With more than a hundred illustrations and a rich array of primary documents ranging from the letters and accounts of early colonists to tweets and transcripts from the 2016 presidential election, this volume remains an essential text for readers who want to encounter firsthand the astonishing scope of religious belief and practice in American history.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by a world-class set of research and study tools. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • New fourth edition with brand new content and discussion
  • Focuses on documents related to public religion in America
  • Includes suggested readings for readers who want to go deeper into a topic


  • The Old World and the New
  • Americanizing the Ways of Faith
  • Evangelical Empire: Rise and Fall
  • Sectional Crisis and Reconstruction
  • A New Religious Landscape
  • Making Progress in a Progressive Age?
  • Consensus and Conflict in the Postwar Era
  • Into the New Millennium

Praise for the Print Edition

A treasure chest containing varied essentials of our country’s past.

Religious Studies Review

A classic is now even better. One could hardly imagine a combination better suited than Mark Noll and Heath Carter to update Edwin Gaustad’s much admired collection. Noll brings his unsurpassed knowledge of the field and Carter adds perspectives that are engaging a younger generation of historians. Many of the new additions are fascinating reading just in themselves. Teachers of American religious history will find this text ideally suited to their needs.

—George M. Marsden, University of Norte Dame

This updated collection of primary documents has been expertly pulled into a single volume to give a new generation of students access to a wide range of prominent religious voices. Beautifully narrated and carefully curated, these readings are thoughtfully chosen to showcase fundamental debates about the character of American religion.

—Kate Bowler, Duke Divinity School

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About the Editors

Edwin S. Gaustad (1923–2011) was professor emeritus of history and religious studies at the University of California, Riverside.

Heath W. Carter is associate professor of history at Valparaiso University and coeditor (with Mark Noll) of the Library of Religious Biography series.

Mark A. Noll is Francis A. McAnaney Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Notre Dame.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition