(3)This course examines the emergence and development of diverse religious traditions in American history, including Puritans, Quakers, evangelicals, African American Christians, Catholics, Jews, Pentecostals, mainline Protestants and others. By studying the beliefs, spirituality, and practices of ordinary people, it examines how religion has embedded itself in popular American culture. Particular attention will be given to the role of civil religion in the United States, the historical shift from Protestant domination to a more secular culture, the stance taken by religious groups toward diversity in American society, and the relationship between "outsider" religious groups and the American institutional establishment.
Offered each Spring.
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