Religious Studies | Studies of Religion in American Culture: Chosen People in America
R532 | 25859 | Johnson, S.


This course is a study of the social history of chosenness in
America from the colonial period to the present.  The course
examines the multiples expressions of being a “people of God” or
being destined by God to perform a particular role in history.
Religious communities that are studied include Puritans, Orthodox
Jews, Mormons, Christian Identity, and Black Hebrew Israelites.  The
course is especially concerned with theoretically analyzing the
relationship between performances of chosenness and American
identity and comprises critical attention to issues such as
colonialism, biblical imagination, war-time rhetoric, and racial or
ethnic constructions of identity.