The Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions closed in June 2016. This web site will not be updated, and remains online as part of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s public archive.
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Books and Publications

The Lubar Institute has supported publication of the following books, which bear the Institute's logo:

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Charles L. Cohen and Ronald L. Numbers, eds.
Oxford University Press, 2013

Gods in AmericaReligious pluralism has characterized America almost from its seventeenth-century inception, but the past half century or so has witnessed wholesale changes in the religious landscape, including a proliferation of new spiritualities, the emergence of widespread adherence to “Asian” traditions, and an evangelical Christian resurgence. These recent phenomena — important in themselves as indices of cultural change — are also both causes and contributions to one of the most remarked-upon and seemingly anomalous characteristics of the modern United States: its widespread religiosity. Compared to its role in the world‘s other leading powers, religion in the United States is deeply woven into the fabric of civil and cultural life. At the same time, religion has, from the 1600s on, never meant a single denominational or confessional tradition, and the variety of American religious experience has only become more diverse over the past fifty years. Gods in America brings together leading scholars from a variety of disciplines to explain the historical roots of these phenomena and assess their impact on modern American society.

Hardcover | 416 Pages | 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches | ISBN: 9780199931903
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Paperback | 416 Pages | 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches | ISBN: 9780199931927
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Leonard V. Kaplan and Charles L. Cohen, eds.
Lexington Books, 2010

Graven Images, Leonard V. Kaplan, Series Editor

Theology and the Soul of the Liberal StateRising calls in both the United States and abroad for theologizing national agendas have renewed examinations about whether liberal states can accommodate such programs without either endangering citizens' rights or trivializing religious concerns. Conventional wisdom suggests that theology is necessarily unfriendly to the liberal state, but neither philosophical analysis nor empirical argument has convincingly established that conclusion. Examining the problem from a variety of perspectives including law, philosophy, history, political theory, and religious studies, the essays in Theology and the Soul of the Liberal State suggest the possibilities for and limits on what theological reflection might contribute to liberal polities across the globe.



Charles L. Cohen and Paul S. Boyer, eds.
University of Wisconsin Press, 2008

Print Culture History in Modern America
James P. Danky, Wayne A. Wiegand, and Christine Pawley, Series Editors

Religion and the Culture of PrintReligion and the Culture of Print in Modern America explores how a variety of print media—religious tracts, newsletters, cartoons, pamphlets, self-help books, mass-market paperbacks, and editions of the Bible from the King James Version to contemporary "Bible-zines"—have shaped and been shaped by experiences of faith since the Civil War. Edited by Charles L. Cohen and Paul S. Boyer, whose comprehensive historical essays provide a broad overview to the topic, this book is the first on the history of religious print culture in modern America and a well-timed entry into the increasingly prominent contemporary debate over the role of religion in American public life.

"A fascinating foray into the modern religious worlds made by the word."
—Peter J. Thuesen, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis



Essays, pamphlets, and other items resulting from Lubar Institute events and projects.

"Not Just Gandhi"#1: Not Just Gandhi: The Traditions of Nonviolence Among Muslims in South Asia

Amitabh Pal

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"Not Just Gandhi"#2: What Would Frodo Do? Faith, War, and the Birth of Modern Fantasy Literature

G. Willow Wilson

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