|Robert A. Spivey Professor of Religion
Departmental Area: American Religious History
Address: Department of Religion
Amanda Porterfield is a historian of American religion with interests in the historical interplay of religion, politics and law, the history of American religious thought, and the historical study of Native American religions. She also works in the history of Christianity, is the author of Healing in the History of Christianity, and co-editor with John Corrigan of the quarterly journal Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture. Her most recent book is Conceived in Doubt: Religion and Politics in the New American Nation (Chicago, 2012); her current research focuses on religion in American law.
- Religion, Politics and Law
- American Protestant Thought
- History of Christianity
- Native American Religions
Books >>See also in Amazon.com "Books by Amanda Porterfield"
- Conceived in Doubt: Religion and Politics in the New American Nation (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012)
- Religion in American History, co-edited with John Corrigan (Blackwell, 2010)
- The Power of Religion: An Introduction to World Religions (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010; orig. 1998)
- Protestant Experience in America (Greenwood, 2006)
- Healing in the History of Christianity (Oxford 2005)
- The Transformation of American Religion (Oxford 2001)
- The Power of Religion (Oxford, 1998)
- Mary Lyon and the Mount Holyoke Missionaries (Oxford 1997)
- Female Piety in Puritan New England (Oxford 1992)
Current Research Projects
- Religion in U.S. History
- Historiography of American Religion
- Native American Religious History
- Religion and Politics in the U.S.
- History of Christianity
- World Religions
Religion and Politics in the Early American Republic
Lecture at University of Maine, Farmington, October 1, 2010.
REL3541 American Protestant Thought
This course traces the historical development of American protestant thought by examining the writings of influential thinkers from different time periods. The course considers the social and intellectual forces that influenced their differing conceptions of Christian life, as well as continuities persisting through time. Meets the Liberal Studies- Cultural Practice and Scholarship-In-Practice requirements.
RLG5937 ARH Colloquium
RLG6498 Puritanism & American Reception
REL3541 American Protestant Thought in Historical Context
This course will examine works by five influential American protestant thinkers, each of whom represents a different time in American protestant history. In class discussions and writing assignments, the course will focus on three questions: where did their ideas come from? what events conditioned their reformulation of ideas? how did their writings influence the course of events?
RLG6498-2 Sem: Religious Thought: REL/Politics Early US Republic
This graduate seminar will examine major changes in both religion and politics after the American Revolution. It will also consider important shifts in the meaning of "religion" and "politics" during this time, along with the new symbiotic relationship between religion and politics that formed in the early American republic.