HIS 351P • Hist of Relig in Amer Snc 1800
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Did you know that there are today more Buddhists in Houston than Presbyterians; that there are more Mormons in the United States than there are Presbyterians and Episcopalians combined? In 1800 the new American republic was the most thoroughly Protestant nation in the world; today there are at least 300 religious denominations in the country, most of which did not exist in 1800. This course will trace this astounding development. The course will be basically a lecture course with as much class discussion as its size will allow. Music will be used frequently. Each student will write a religious history of his or her family. Designed to accomodate 100 or more students. Survey of religious thought and institutions from the second Great awakening to the present.
Tentative Texts: Nathan 0. Hatch, THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF AMERICAN RELIGION Michel Sobel, TRABELIN ON: THE SLAVE JOURNEY TO AN AFRO-BAPTIST FAITH Paul Johnson and Sean Wilentz, THE KINGDOM OF MATHIAS: A STORY OF SEX AND SALVATION IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA Robert A. Orsi, THE MADONNA OF 115TH STREET: FAITH AND COMMUNITY IN ITALIAN HARLEM, 1880-1950 Lawrence Moore, RELIGIOUS OUTSIDERS AND THE MAKING OF AMERICANS Paul Boyer, WHEN TIME SHALL BE NO MORE: PROPHECY BELIEF IN MODERN AMERICA John D. Loffin, RELIGION AND HOPI LIFE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Randall Balmer, MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY: A JOURNEY INTO THE EVANGELICAL SUBCULTURE IN AMERICA