Chapter 24. Theology and Belief

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Robert E. Brown Assistant Professor

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch24

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Brown, R. E. (2010) Theology and Belief, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch24

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. James Madison University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • theology and belief;
  • religious thought in America, means of negotiating identity;
  • scholars studying theology and belief - as means of discovering religious identity;
  • American religious thought, need for explaining its character to outsiders, the Europeans;
  • Civil War, a seismic shift in theological moorings - of American religious institutions;
  • embrace of modernity by American theologians - consequent interest in distinctly American theology;
  • interest turning to first indigenous theological movement in America - “New England Theology”;
  • American Catholicism, coming into its own intellectually after World War II;
  • Gary Dorrien's trilogy on modernism, The Making of American Liberal Theology


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bibliography