By Stephen J. Stein
Replacement spiritual teams have had a profound impact on American history-they have challenged the previous and unfolded new methods of wondering therapeutic, modes of which means, non secular texts and liturgies, the social and political order, and the relationships among faith and race, category, gender, and quarter. almost constantly, the dramatic, dynamic background of other religions runs parallel to that of dissent in the USA.
Communities of Dissent is an evenhanded and marvelously energetic background of recent non secular activities in the US. Stephen J. Stein describes the evolution and constitution of different non secular activities from each side: the critics and the spiritual dissenters themselves. delivering a desirable examine a variety of New spiritual activities, he investigates vague teams akin to the 19th-century Vermont Pilgrims, who wore bearskins and refused to wash or lower their hair, along better-known substitute believers, together with colonial America's biggest outsider religion, the Quakers; seventeenth- and 18th-century Mennonites, Amish, and Shakers; and the Christian Scientists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Black Muslims, and Scientologists of today.
Accessible and complete, Communities of Dissent additionally covers the milestones within the background of other American religions, from the notorious Salem witch trials and mass suicide/murder at Jonestown to the optimistic ways that substitute religions have affected racial kin, the empowerment of girls, and American tradition in general.