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U.S. Christianity & the World

North American Christianity has been coloured by encounters and exchanges, shifts in understanding and missionary sensibilities. American Christians have left home and brought their form of religion with them; immigrants have arrived with new forms of Christianity too. With globalization, people, ideas, and ministries cross borders with increasing facility – through televangelism and the internet, by way of missions and NGOs, because of wars or economics. Intent on crafting a cohesive national story, scholars have not always been as attentive to these flows as they might be. This course builds on 398: Introduction to North American Christianity to explore this topic in depth. We will look at a variety of disciplinary perspectives and time periods in order to ask how American Christians confront and encounter “the World.” Our task is to complicate the geographic boundaries of “American Christianity” in order to reimagine our subject in new ways.


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

Hillary Kaell

Concordia University

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

Religous Tradition

Empire/Foreign Policy/Globalism, Immigration/Refugees, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

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