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Denominationalism in America

This course will explore: 1.) the nature and sources of denominationalism in America; 2.) the genesis, development, theology, and practice of nine denominational families in America; 3.) the changing face of denominationalism in America today; and 4.) issues in denominationalism. Upon completion of this course, the responsible student will be able to discuss possible reasons why America was particularly well-suited for the development of multiple sects and denominations and discuss the importance of the Reformation in setting the stage for the development of denominations.


This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Lydia Huffman Hoyle

Georgetown College

Private College or University
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Undergraduate Course
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Religious Studies

Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant
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Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Theology/Liturgy

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