Required Books

Timothy Beal, Religion in America: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, 2008), ISBN 978-0195321074

Robert Orsi, Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950 3rd edition (Yale UP 2010) 978-0300157529

Additional readings will be available as PDFs on Blackboard or in the free printed Course Reader.

I strongly recommend you follow reliable / scholarly religion news online or via Twitter throughout the semester.

For example:

Religion News Service
CNN Belief
HuffPost Religion
New York Times Religion & Belief
Religion Dispatches at Rewire.News
Pew Research Center
Danforth Center on Religion and Politics