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Porterfield, Amanda 1947-

Works: 41 works in 194 publications in 1 language and 12,365 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Encyclopedias  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of afterword, colophon, etc.
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Most widely held works by Amanda Porterfield
Mary Lyon and the Mount Holyoke missionaries by Amanda Porterfield( )

10 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 2,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American women played in important part in Protestant foreign missionary work from its early days at the beginning of the nineteenth century, enabling them not only to disseminate religious principles but also to break into public life and create expanded opportunities for themselves and other women. No institution was more closely associated with women missionaries that Mount Holyoke College. This book examines Mount Holyoke founder Mary Lyon and the missionary women trained by her. Porterfield sees Lyon and her students as representative of dominant trends in American missionary thought before the Civil War. She focuses on how their activities in several parts of the world--particularly northwest Persia, Maharashtra in western India, and Natal in southeast Africa--and shows that while their primary goals remained elusive, antebellum missionary women made major contributions to cultural change and the development of new cultures
Female piety in Puritan New England : the emergence of religious humanism by Amanda Porterfield( )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and held by 2,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A synthesis of literary critical and historical methods, Porterfield's book combines insightful analysis of Puritan theological writings with detailed examinations of historical records showing the changing patterns of church membership and domestic life. She finds that by conflating marriage as a trope of grace with marriage as a social construct, Puritan ministers invested relationships between husbands and wives with religious meaning. Images of female piety represented the humility that Puritans believed led all Christians to self-control and, ultimately, to love. But while images of female piety were important for men primarily as aids to controlling aggression and ambition, they were primarily attractive to women as aids to exercising indirect influence over men and obtaining public recognition and status
Religion on campus by Conrad Cherry( )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first intensive, close-up investigation of the practice and teaching of religion at American colleges and universities, Religion on Campus is an indispensable resource for all who want to understand what religion really means to today's undergraduates
Healing in the history of Christianity by Amanda Porterfield( )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 1,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book Amanda Porterfield demonstrates that healing has played a major role in the historical development of Christianity as a world religion. Porterfield traces the origin of Christian healing and maps its transformations in the ancient, medieval, and modern worlds. She shows that Christian healing had its genesis in Judean beliefs that sickness and suffering were linked to sin and evil, and that health and healing stemmed from repentance and divine forgiveness. Examining Jesus' activities as a healer and exorcist, she shows how his followers carried his combat against sin and evil and his compassion for suffering into new and very different cultural environments, from the ancient Mediterranean to modern America and beyond. She explores the interplay between Christian healing and medical practice from ancient times up to the present, looks at recent discoveries about religion's biological effects, and considers what these findings mean in light of ages-old traditions about belief and healing."--Jacket
The transformation of American religion : the story of a late-twentieth-century awakening by Amanda Porterfield( Book )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For anyone interested in how and why the American religious landscape has been so dramatically altered in the last forty years, The Transformation of American Religion offers a coherent and persuasive analysis."--Jacket
Conceived in doubt : religion and politics in the new American nation by Amanda Porterfield( )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Americans have long acknowledged a deep connection between evangelical religion and democracy in the early days of the republic. This is a widely accepted narrative that is maintained as a matter of fact and tradition--and in spite of evangelicalism's more authoritarian and reactionary aspects. In Conceived in Doubt, Amanda Porterfield challenges this standard interpretation of evangelicalism's relation to democracy and describes the intertwined relationship of religion and partisan politics that emerged in the formative era of the early republic. In the 1790s, religious doubt became common in the young republic as the culture shifted from mere skepticism toward darker expressions of suspicion and fear. But by the end of that decade, Porterfield shows, economic instability, disruption of traditional forms of community, rampant ambition, and greed for land worked to undermine heady optimism about American political and religious independence. Evangelicals managed and manipulated doubt, reaching out to disenfranchised citizens as well as to those seeking political influence, blaming religious skeptics for immorality and social distress, and demanding affirmation of biblical authority as the foundation of the new American national identity. As the fledgling nation took shape, evangelicals organized aggressively, exploiting the fissures of partisan politics by offering a coherent hierarchy in which God was king and governance righteous. By laying out this narrative, Porterfield demolishes the idea that evangelical growth in the early republic was the cheerful product of enthusiasm for democracy, creating for us a very different narrative of influence and ideals."--Jacket
Feminine spirituality in America : from Sarah Edwards to Martha Graham by Amanda Porterfield( Book )

7 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American religious history by Amanda Porterfield( Book )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part I Introduction. Part II Historical Essays: Errand Into the Wilderness, Parry Miller; Exchanging Selves, Exchanging Souls - Contact, Combination, and American Religious History; Fits, Trances, & Visions, Ann Taves; Protestantism as Establishment, William R. Hutchison; American Fundamentalism - The Ideal of Femininity, Randall Balmer; Catholicism and American Culture - Strategies for Survival, Jay P. Dolan; Conservative Judaism. Part II Introduction: The Faces of Buddhism in America, Charles S. Prebish; Striving for Muslim Women's Human Rights-Before and Beyond Beijing - An African American Perspective, Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons. Part III Primary Documents: A Model of Christian Charity, John Winthrop; Examination of Mrs. Anne Hutchinson; A Key to the Language of America, Roger Williams; Poems by Anne Bradstreet; The Nature of True Virtue, Jonathan Edwards; Act for Establishing Religious Freedom, Thomas Jefferson; The Code of Handsome Lake, Edward Cornplanter; What a Revival of Religion Is, Charles Grandison Finney; The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee, Jarena Lee; Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerosn; Poems by Emily Dickinson; The American Republic - Its Constitution, Tendencies, and Destiny, Orestes Brownson; Our Country's Place in History, Isaac M. Wise; Pre-Existence of Our Spirits, Orson Pratt; A Function of the Social Settlement, Jane Addams; The Varieties of Religious Experience, A Study in Human Nature, William James; Selections from the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelations - Scofield Reference Bible; Christianity and Liberalism, J. Gresham Machen; From Union Square to Rome, Dorothy Day; The Future of the American Jew, Mordecai M. Kaplan; The Sacred Pipe - Black Elk's Account of the Seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux, Black Elk; "Sunflower Sutra" and "Kaddish" Part I, Allen Ginsberg; Nonviolence and Racial Justice, Martin Luther King, Jr.; God's Judgment of White America, Malcolm X; Preface, The Protestant Establishment, E. Digby Baltzell
Modern Christianity to 1900( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the Reformation, Christians found themselves living amidst wars of religion, Enlightenment, and colonization. This volume explores the spread of Christianity to lands outside Europe and the Middle East, the new pluralism within Christianity, and the incredible transformation of the Americas and of Christianity in the Americas, including the advent of Evangelical, African American, and Asian Christianities. Includes 50 illustrations, maps, bibliographies, and an 8-page color gallery. In this volume, the way in which lived Christianity and its practices were altered by these global changes is probed by an illustrious group of scholars led by distinguished historian Amanda Porterfield
The power of religion : a comparative introduction by Amanda Porterfield( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion in American history( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The business turn in American religious history( )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on the interdependence of business and religious life in America, this volume explores the business aspects of numerous religious organizations, with attention to the financing, production, marketing, and distribution of religious goods and services and to the role of wealth and economic organization in worship, charity, philanthropy, institutional growth and missionary work. Treating religion and business holistically, the essays show how business practices have continually informed American religious life
The Protestant experience in America by Amanda Porterfield( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction: Protestantism as a political concept -- A holy commonwealth -- Evangelicalism and the pursuit of evidence -- Romantic responses to modernity and religious loss -- Religious expectations for science -- Equality and the end of Protestantism
Corporate spirit : religion and the rise of the modern corporation by Amanda Porterfield( )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this groundbreaking work, Amanda Porterfield looks at the intertwining of commercial and religious forces in the history of incorporation in the US. She focuses on three elements-the revolutionary implications of religious disestablishment, the proliferation of religious organizations, and religious organizations as models of commercial operation
A people's history of Christianity( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These two volumes contain selections and abridgements of the original seven-volume edition organized to fit ideally into a course in Christian history. On its release, the seven-volume A people's history of Christianity was lauded for its commitment to raising awareness of the ways in which ordinary Christians have lived throughout more than twenty centuries of Christian History. Each volume provides a valuable overview on such topics as birth and death, baptism rites, food, power, heresy, and more
Religion and American cultures : an encyclopedia of traditions, diversity, and popular expressions by Gary Laderman( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at religious diversity in the United States from mainstream faiths to Wicca and Zen, discussing faith, religious practices, traditions, and history of religions. The only multicultural survey of established and new American religions, this exhaustive three volume encyclopedia explores the fascinating interactions between religion and ethnicity, gender, regionalism, and popular culture. This three volume reference for a general and student (high school and above) audience was prepared under the editorial leadership of Laderman (American religious history and culture, Emory U. and Latino studies and religious studies, U. of California, Berkeley), with signed contributions from a long list of scholars. It comprises 26 anchor essays and some 120 supplementary essays, each with cross references and a bibliography, examining religions both within and outside of the mainstream, as well as themes such as sacred spaces, sexuality, films, and religious communities on the Internet. The final volume offers primary source documents that exemplify religious diversity. Over 150 essays written by more than 140 expert scholars, richly illustrated with images depicting a wide range of religious figures and activities, as well as significant religious sites, in the United States. An entire volume of primary source documents that captures the reality of religious diversity in American culture, including a copy of Cecil B. DeMille's essay the Screen as Religious Teacher (published in 1927) as well as more conventional materials on Christian Science, the New Age, and Buddhism, to name only a few of the religious traditions covered in this collection
The transformation of American religion : an intellectual history by Amanda Porterfield( Book )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A people's history of christianity( Book )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Death, secularization, and doubt / Carlos Eire -- Controlling and Christianizing sex / Peter Gardella -- Economic change and emotional life / John Corrigan -- Vulgar/popular science / Ronald L. Numbers -- Tropical Christianity in Brazil / H.B. Cavalcanti -- Iconic piety in Russia / Vera Shevzov -- From Puritanism to Evangelicalism / Douglas Winiarski -- Domestic piety in colonial New England / Ava Chamberlain -- Gendering Christianity / Marilyn Westercamp -- Slave Christianity / Charles H. Lippy -- Spirituals and the quest for freedom / Cheryl Kirk-Duggan
Feminine spiritualtiy in America by Amanda Porterfield( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Female piety in Puritan New England : the emergence of religious humanism
Female piety in Puritan New England : the emergence of religious humanismReligion on campusHealing in the history of ChristianityThe transformation of American religion : the story of a late-twentieth-century awakeningAmerican religious historyModern Christianity to 1900The power of religion : a comparative introductionReligion in American history
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Amanda Porterfield Historian of American religion

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