Course DescriptionAmericans today often disagree on whether the United States is a Christian nation as well as the role religion should play in American society and that government should play in religion. Our course will not seek to answer such questions but instead will offer an overview of religion in American history, beginning with its role in the original English colonies. It will then analyze the era of the Revolution, the adoption of the Constitution, and the separation of church and state at the state level. Religion nonetheless remained crucial and controversial throughout the nineteenth century, and the course will trace these developments as well. It will then explore the increasing religious diversity within the country and the battles over religion’s role in the 1920s. After exploring developments in the 1950s and 1960s, our survey will end with an analysis of the debates since the late 1970s.
Instructor: Gaines Foster
Location: Broadmoor United Methodist Church