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God & Guns: the History of Faith and Firearms in America
RELI 263
Spring 2023
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: HIST 250

This course examines the history of firearms and religion in the United States, ultimately seeking to understand the significance of gun culture within evangelical and fundamentalist Christianity. Beginning with an overview of colonial and revolutionary-era views of firearms and violence, the course examines the influence of immigration, Civil War/Reconstruction, and the conflicts of the 20th century, paying special attention to the emergence of a masculine, warrior Jesus within evangelical and fundamentalist circles during the late Cold War era. Students will be challenged to consider the ways in which this story helps explain evangelical support for Donald Trump and to reflect on how firearms are central to the identity of many conservative American Protestants.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on JUN-27-2022
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