Critical Issues in American Religious History: A Reader by Robert R. Mathisen

By Robert R. Mathisen

American citizens as a spiritual humans adventure either pressure and indecision as they combat with a number of severe concerns each day. American society consistently struggles with its spiritual previous. the first and secondary fabrics incorporated during this quantity tune non secular America's efforts to articulate its id and future and enforce its non secular creeds and beliefs in an ever-changing society.

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By Robert R. Mathisen

American citizens as a spiritual humans adventure either pressure and indecision as they combat with a number of severe concerns each day. American society consistently struggles with its spiritual previous. the first and secondary fabrics incorporated during this quantity tune non secular America's efforts to articulate its id and future and enforce its non secular creeds and beliefs in an ever-changing society.

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This notion of national destiny, often couched in millenarian terms, has taken many twists and turns over the nation’s history, especially in times of war or other national crisis. The debacle of Vietnam, however, brought this notion, now expressed in the form of “civil religion,” into considerable question. Although religious nationalism is still endorsed by the Religious Right, the pluralism and secularism of American society by the year 2000 had weakened its appeal, especially outside the South, which remained a stronghold of traditional religion and politics.

Obviously, it would be impossible for a Catholic historian of Catholicism to take exactly this point of view. It may be that in this period of new openings, an analogous point of view may be found from which American Catholics can look freshly at their own church, and at American religious history in general. A partly relevant parallel is offered by American Jewish history. , ed. Louis J. Putz (Chicago, 1956), 315–57; Henry J. Browne, “American Catholic History: A Progress Report, Research and Study,” Church History 26 (1957): 373.

There will typically be several paragraphs on Spanish missions. Each of the five texts contains a section of from three to seven pages on the Puritans and pilgrims, but this is a little misleading, for only a few paragraphs in those sections deal with anything explicitly religious, and even then it is almost always “church-state” relations that are discussed. Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, the Quakers, and the development of religious toleration in the eighteenth century are discussed briefly. Three of the five texts provide short accounts of the Great Awakening, and two mention Deism.

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