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No description available, Just one hundred years ago Americans almost universally condemned cremation Today nearly one quarter of Americans choose to be cremated The practice has gained wide acceptance as a funeral rite in both our private and public lives as the cremations of icons such as John Lennon and John F Kennedy Jr show i Purified by Fire i tells the fascinating story of cremation s rise from notoriety to legitimacy and takes a provocative new look at important transformations in the American cultural landscape over the last years br br Stephen Prothero synthesizes a wide array of previously untapped source material including newspapers consumer guides mortician trade journals and popular magazines such as i Reader s Digest i to provide this first historical study of cremation in the United States He vividly describes many noteworthy events from the much criticized first American cremation in to the death and cremation of Jerry Garcia in the late twentieth century From the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era to the baby boomers of today this book takes us on a tour through American culture and traces our changing attitudes toward death religion public health the body and the environment, In this timely carefully reasoned social history of the United States the em New York Times em bestselling author of em Religious Literacy em and em God Is Not One em places today s heated culture wars within the context of a centuries long struggle of right versus left and religious versus secular to reveal how ultimately liberals always win br br Though they may seem to be dividing the country irreparably today s heated cultural and political battles between right and left Progressives and Tea Party religious and secular are far from unprecedented In this engaging and important work Stephen Prothero reframes the current debate viewing it as the latest in a number of flashpoints that have shaped our national identity Prothero takes us on a lively tour through time bringing into focus the election of which pitted Calvinists and Federalists against Jeffersonians and infidels the Protestants campaign against Catholics in the mid nineteenth century the anti Mormon crusade of the Victorian era the fundamentalist modernist debates of the s the culture wars of the s and s and the current crusade against Islam br br As Prothero makes clear our culture wars have always been religious wars progressing through the same stages of conservative reaction to liberal victory that eventually benefit all Americans Drawing on his impressive depth of knowledge and detailed research he explains how competing religious beliefs have continually molded our political economic and sociological discourse and reveals how the conflicts which separate us today like those that came before are actually the byproduct of our struggle to come to terms with inclusiveness and ideals of Americanness To explore these battles he reminds us is to look into the soul of America and perhaps find essential answers to the questions that beset us, The United States has long been described as a nation of immigrants but it is also a nation of religions in which Muslims and Methodists Buddhists and Baptists live and work side by side This book explores that nation of religions focusing on how four recently arrived religious communities Muslims Buddhists Hindus and Sikhs are shaping and in turn shaped by American values br br For a generation scholars have been documenting how the landmark legislation that loosened immigration restrictions in catalyzed the development of the United States as a nation of Buddhists Confucianists and Taoists as well as Christians as Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark put it The contributors to this volume take U S religious diversity not as a proposition to be proved but as the truism it has become Essays address not whether the United States is a Christian or a multireligious nation clearly it is both but how religious diversity is changing the public values rites and institutions of the nation and how those values rites and institutions are affecting religions centuries old yet relatively new in America This conversation makes an important contribution to the intensifying public debate about the appropriate role of religion in American politics and society br br br Contributors br Ihsan Bagby University of Kentucky br Courtney Bender Columbia University br Stephen Dawson Forest Virginia br David Franz University of Virginia br Hien Duc Do San Jose State University br James Davison Hunter University of Virginia br Prema A Kurien Syracuse University br Gurinder Singh Mann University of California Santa Barbara br Vasudha Narayanan University of Florida br Stephen Prothero Boston University br Omid Safi Colgate University br Jennifer Snow Pasadena California br Robert A F Thurman Columbia University br R Stephen Warner University of Illinois at Chicago br Duncan Ryuken Williams University of California Berkeley