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Religion in America

This course surveys the history of religion in the United States from the colonial period to the present. It focuses on a series of religious controversies that highlight the pluralistic and conflictual nature of American religious history. In an effort to get back as close as possible to these controversies, we will read almost exclusively from primary documents produced by the disputants themselves.


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

Stephen Prothero

Boston University

Public College or University
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Undergraduate Course, Graduate Course
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Religious Studies, American Studies, Philosophy

General Comparative Traditions
Religous Tradition

Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

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