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After Heaven: Spirituality in America Since the 1950s

Robert Wuthnow


The evolution of American spirituality over the past fifty years is the subject of this book. The book uses in-depth interviews and a broad range of resource materials to show how Americans, from teenagers to senior citizens, define their spiritual journeys. The findings are a telling reflection of the changes in beliefs and lifestyles that have occurred throughout the United States in recent decades. The book reconstructs the social and cultural reasons for an emphasis on a spirituality of dwelling (houses of worship, denominations, neighborhoods) during the 1950s. Then, in the 1960s, a spiri ... More

Keywords: American spirituality, spiritual journeys, politicized spirituality, evangelical movements, spiritual discipline, angels, near-death experiences, inner self, Twelve-Step programs, mental health therapy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780520213968
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520213968.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Wuthnow, author