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Author Carroll, Michael P., 1944-

Title American Catholics in the Protestant imagination : rethinking the academic study of religion / Michael P. Carroll.

Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund  282.73 CARR {Bund71 20190110}    AVAILABLE
Physical description xviii, 219 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [193]-214) and index.
Contents 1. How the Irish Became Protestant in America -- 2. Why the Famine Irish Became Catholic in America -- 3. Italian American Catholicism: The Standard Story and Its Problems -- 4. Were the Acadians/Cajuns Really Good Catholics? -- 5. Hispanic Catholicism and the Illusion of Knowledge -- 6. Protestantism and the Academic Study of American Religion: An Enduring Alliance.
Summary "Michael P. Carroll argues that the academic study of religion in the United States continues to be shaped by a "Protestant imagination" that has warped our perception of the American religious experience and its written history and analysis." "In this study, Carroll explores a number of historiographical puzzles that emerge from the American Catholic story as it has been understood through the Protestant tradition. Reexamining the experience of Catholicism among Irish immigrants, Italian Americans, Acadians and Cajuns, and Hispanics, Carroll debunks the myths that have informed much of this history." "Shedding new light on lived religion in America, Carroll moves an entire academic field in new, exciting directions and challenges his fellow scholars to open their minds and eyes to develop fresh interpretations of American religious history."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Catholics -- United States -- History.
Catholics -- United States -- Historiography.
ISBN 9780801886836 (hardcover : alk. paper)
080188683X (hardcover : alk. paper)