"Twelve essays explore some of the historiographical themes that have particularly interested Marty. One is 'public religion', referring to the American search for a common civic faith underlying its experience of pluralism. Another is 'religious fundamentalism'. Most essays eschew 'institutions and elites' and gravitate towards the kind of historical sociology of religious world-views for which Marty and his Chicago colleagues are known" (p. 65). "The Festschrift genre has inherent limitations, but this book maintains an unusually high quality in general" (p. 67).