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Varieties of American Evangelicalism

Evangelical Protestantism has played a vital role in shaping American history, culture and religion. It is estimated that some 25-35% of the American population (c. 70-100million) today identifies with this movement. Far from being a monolithic entity,however, the religious, ideological, and social allegiances of evangelicalism are quite diverse. In addition, evangelicals maintain a somewhat paradoxical relationship with American society, functioning simultaneously as a politically powerful interest group (insiders) and as cultural antagonists (outsiders). This course is designed to introduce students to the history of evangelicalism, its characteristic religious patterns, and its ongoing negotiations with contemporary American culture


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

Robert E. Brown

Bucknell University

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Religious Studies

New Religious Movements, Other Christianities, Protestant
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Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Science/Technology/Environment

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