Religion and American Society

Background Information

More books about religion and society can be found using the Library's catalog.

American Grace: How Religion Divides and United Us BL 2525. P P88 2010
Encyclopedia of Religion in America Online only
Encyclopedia of Religion and Society Online only
New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age BL 640. N 88 2012
Religion in Society: A Sociology of Religion BL 60. J 63 2001
SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Religion BL 60. S 172 2007
Understanding Faith: Religious Belief and Its Place in Society BL 60. C 565 2009

Journal Articles

Academic Search Premier
This multidisciplinary database is a great place to begin any search on the intersection of religion with society and politics. This is a great place to find articles about current issues.
America: History and Life
This database can be used to find articles about how religion has had an impact on American history from the sixteenth century to the present.
ATLA Religion Database
This database covers more than 1,600 journals on topics in religion and theology, including world religions, church history, and religion in social issues.
Sociological Collection
This database specializes in articles from sociologists about the impact of religious belief on society.

Web Resources

Association of Religion Data Archives
One of the few sources of reliable statistics about religion in the United States, this website can be used to find out how many people belong to various faiths.
Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project
Pew is one of the most respected names when it comes to gathering data on public opinion. This project contains the results of past and current surveys about the state of religion in America.
Public Religion Research Institute
This organization runs dozens of surveys to learn what Americans think about a number of topics. The surveys are designed to learn more about how religion impacts American thought. This site also posts current news about religion in American politics.
Religion, Policy and Politics
Created and maintained by the Brookings Institute, this site is a convenient place to find current news about religion and politics in the United States.
Resources on Faith, Ethics, and Public Life
Hosted and curated by Berkeley, this site contains links to a number of resources that explore various religions and social issues in the United States.