Religious Studies | Evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity in the Americas
R636 | 26652 | Brown, C


From the Great Awakening to the presidency of George W. Bush,
evangelicalism—and in the last century Pentecostal and Charismatic
movements within evangelicalism—has played a critical role in
shaping American cultural and political institutions. Who are
evangelicals, Pentecostals, and Charismatics? What do they believe,
and how do they behave? Should non-evangelicals be worried about
them?

This graduate seminar explores the causes, nature and implications
of evangelical influence. Discussions engage scholarly monographs
that describe and interpret the historical emergence and dramatic
recent growth of evangelical and pentecostal Christianity in the
United States, with comparative attention to global movements.
Students will write a book review and a multi-stage research paper
(of 7,500 words, incl. notes) on a topic of their own choosing.
Students enrolled at the 700-level will be expected to complete a
more substantial research paper than students enrolled at the 600-
level. 700-level projects should include extensive work in primary
sources (in original languages, as appropriate to selected topics),
and production of a final paper that is approximately 10,000 words,
incl. notes.

Students enrolled in either R636 or R735 are encouraged (but NOT
required) to enroll concurrently in R532 (which meets immediately
after R636/R735, i.e. 11:15-12:30 Mondays and Wednesdays). The
latter course provides background lectures and primary source
readings that complement R636/735 discussions and secondary source
readings--but please still feel very welcome to enroll in R636/735
even if your schedule does not allow you to enroll in 532--you will
not be at a disadvantage