Religious Studies | Religion in Modern America
R336 | 3783 | Stein


This course examines the variety and diversity of America's religious traditions as they have developed in the period since the
Civil War.  The class deals with religious life, thought, and practice.  Special attention is given to the expansion of religious
pluralism in the United States and the shifting search for ways to understand and explain the role of religion in national culture.
Among the special topics which receive attention are the interaction of religion and modern science, the impact of religion on
racial and gender issues, the shaping influence of immigration patterns on the changing character of American religion, and the
interaction of religion and politics.  Among the specific topics addressed will be the rise of Protestant Fundamentalism, the impact
of New Religious Movements, the emergence of new "spiritualities," and the globalization of American Religion.  There may be some
debate about when "modern America" begins, but there is little disagreement among informed observers of American religion that the
last century and a half has been a time of dynamic change and development among religious communities in the United States.

Students will read select primary sources, three distinguished historical studies, and a few select articles.  Evaluation in R336
rests on three exams and three short (1-2) pages) papers.  There are four books for purchase.