The History of Christianity in America

This course traces the development of Christianity from the Puritans to the present day by focusing on key personalities, ideas and movements that shaped Christian belief and practice in America. It will examine the Christian tradition as it evolved in the United States with particular emphasis given to the reciprocal role of religion and culture as formative influences that contributed to a form of Christianity that is uniquely American.
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George Marsden, Religion and American Culture

" , Fundamentalism and American Culture

" , Jonathan Edwards: A Life

Mark Noll, Nathan Hatch and George Marsden, The Search for Christian America

" , A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada

Nathan Hatch, The Democratization of American Christianity

Sydney Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People, 2 vols.

Patrick Allitt, Major Problems in American Religious History

Sydney Mead, The Lively Experiment: The Shaping of Chirstianity in America

Stephen Prothero, American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon

Charles Reagan Wilson, Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865-1920

Robert Wuthnow, After Heaven: Spirituality in America Since the 1950s

Robert Bellah, et al, Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life


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