Protestantism: From the Reformation to the Religious Right|
Fall 2008 not offered
RELI 257, AMST 261|
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
This course studies the impact Protestant theology and piety have had on society, culture, politics, and the economy of Western nations. After an introduction to the major strands of the Reformation in Europe (Lutheran, Calvinist, Anabaptist, and Anglican), the course will focus on the English-speaking world, the United States in particular. Topics will include religion in Wesleyan's history, African American Protestantism, liberal Protestantism in the early 20th century, and the rise of fundamentalism, evangelicalism, and Pentecostalism in the late 20th century. The last part of the course will focus on the United States as a nation both highly secularized and highly religious. Particular emphasis will be given to issues of church-state relations, the culture wars, and the political influence of the Religious Right.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(RELI)(SISP-Hist Conc)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Bainton, Roland, THE REFORMATION OF THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
Carter, Stephen L., THE CULTURE OF DISBELIEF
Finke, Roger and Stark, Rodney, THE CHURCHING OF AMERICA, 1776-1990
Fox, Richard Wightman, JESUS IN AMERICA
Lewis, C. S., GOD IN THE DOCK
Raboteau, Albert, SLAVE RELIGION: THE "INVISIBLE INSTITUTION" IN THE ANTEBELLUM SOUTH
Marsden, George, UNDERSTANDING FUNDAMENTALISM AND EVANGELICALISM
Woodworth, Steven, WHILE GOD IS MARCHING ON
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three papers of medium length and a final take-home examination.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
No late papers. No incompletes.