Religious Studies | Religion in Early America
R335 | 3883 | Stein


R335	Religion in Early America (Stein) (3 Cr.) TR 9:30-10:45 BH 146

The religious situation in the United States at the beginning of the
twenty-first century owes much to historical developments in earlier
centuries.  The principle of the free exercise of religion as articulated
in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was a by-product of the
two preceding centuries of the American experience.  This course seeks to
make sense out of that development by introducing the variety and
diversity of religious traditions in America in the two and a half
centuries before the Civil War.  The story of religion in early America
involves a great deal of conflict
competition among denominations, debate over theological issues,
controversy about moral values, contrasting patters of spiritual
experience, and alternative religious practices.  Yet out of this conflict
the United States adopted a way of dealing with religion that in
principle provided liberty to all.  This course probes the situation
leading up to the First Amendment, and then examines how well the
principle of religious liberty works out in practice during the decades of
the nineteenth century preceding the Civil War.  Evaluation is based on
three exams.

BL FAL00 REL R338 3884 Weaver
Modern American Catholicism