Major Problems In American Religious History

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This collection of essays and documents in MAJOR PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN RELIGIOUS HISTORY presents a carefully selected group of readings organized to allow students to evaluate primary sources, test the interpretations of distinguished historians, and draw their own conclusions.

Table of Contents

Approaches to American Religious History
Democracy in America Vol. 1, ˘Indirect Influence of Religious Opinions upon Political Society.÷
WomenĂs History is American Religious History
Church Membership Has Increased Throughout American History, Especially in the Most Demanding Groups
European-Indian Encounters
Bernal Diaz del Castillo Describes CortesĂ Replacement of Human Sacrifice with the Cult of the Virgin Mary, c. 1519. 2. Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, a Spanish Castaway, Becomes an Indian healer, 1542
Joseph Jouvency, a Jesuit Priest, Discusses Death and Hell with Canadian Indians, 1610
Roger Williams Explains Rhode Island IndiansĂ Language and Religion, 1643
Mary Jemison Describes the Five Feasts by Which the Seneca Marked the Changing Seasons, c.1750
Tecaughretanego Explains Why the Great Spirit Sometimes Permits Men to Go Hungry Before Feeding Them, 1758
John Heckwelder Describes the Delaware IndiansĂ View of Bear Spirits, c.1750
John Muir Witnesses the Conversion of Thlinkit Indians to Christianity, c.1876
The Ordeal of the Longhouse: The Peoples of the Iroquois League in the Era of European Civilization
Sacred Revolt: The Muskogees Struggle for a New World
Religious Life in the British Colonies: 1607-1775
John Winthrop Outlines His Plan for a Godly Settlement, 1630
William Bradford Sees GodĂs Mercy and Judgment in New EnglandĂs Changing Fortunes, 1654
Cotton Mather Advises John Richards on Detecting Witches, 1692
Jonathan Edwards on the beginnings of revival
Nathan Cole on hearing Whitfield
Benjamin Franklin Explains His Religious Views in a Letter, 1756
Charles Woodmason, The Carolina Backcountry on the Eve of the Revolution, circa. 1770
The PuritansĂ Errand into the Wilderness
Heathens and Infidels: African Christianization
Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt
Religion and Revolution: 1775-1795
Abraham Keteltas, sermon from 1777, ˘God Arising and Pleading His PeopleĂs Cause.÷ 2. Jonathan BoucherĂs Loyalist Sermon Denounces the Revolution, 1775
Anthony Benezet, Quaker, Denounces War, 1776
Isaac Backus, History of New England Baptists
Lucy Wight Meets Shaker Leader Mother Ann Lee, (c. 1780), 1826
Thomas Jefferson Establishes Religious Freedom in Virginia, 1786
Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, Federalist 51
Religion and American
How the Revolution Stimulated New Religious Movements
Religion in the Early Republic: 1790-1850
Peter Cartwright, Autobiography, 1856
Charles Grandison Finney Stirs Up Religious Emotions at Revival Meetings, 1835
Joseph Smith Explains How an Angel Guided Him to Found the Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), 1842
Ralph Waldo Emerson Describes the ˘Over-Soul,÷ 1841
Anonymous Ex-Slave Sees the Ghost of Her Dead Master c.1850
Henry Bibb, a Slave, Uses Conjuring to Prevent Harm and Attract Women, 1849
Samuel Ringgold Ward Escapes from Slavery and Becomes a Minister (1820), 1855
Awash in a Sea of Faith
The SlavesĂ Own Religion
Immigrants and Reformers
Alexis de Tocqueville Sees Catholicism and Democracy as Compatible, 1835
Maria Monk Shocks Protestant Readers with Allegations of Sex and Violence in a Nunnuery, 1836
John Francis Maguire Recounts the Suffering of Irish Catholic Immigrants (1846), 1887
Benajmin Roth Warns His Emigrant Son Solomon About Moral and Religious Dangers in America, 1854
Harriet Beecher Stowe Advocates Enlightened Observance of the Sabbath, 1853
Angelina Grimke Uses the Bible to Justify Abolishing Slavery, 1838
Frederick Douglass Compares Southern SlaveownersĂ Religion with That of Jesus, 1845
Thornton Stringfellow Argues That the Bible Is Pro-slavery, 1860
American Catholic: The Saints and Sinners Who Built AmericaĂs Most Powerful Church
Slaveholders and the Bible.
The Civil War
John Candler Gregg, union chaplain with the 127th Pennsylvania Volunteers
William W. Bennett, Narrative of the Great Revival in the Southern Armies
Thomas Wentworth Higginson Witnesses the Religious Life of Black Soldiers, 1864
George Barton Remembers a Pious Irish-American Nun Nursing the Wounded at Shiloh, 1863
Arthur Howard Noll, Doctor Quintard, Chaplain CSA
Abraham Lincoln, ˘Gettysburg Address÷ and ˘Second Inaugural Address.÷ 7. Isaac Lane, From Slave to Preacher Among the Freedmen
Civil War as Armageddon
Stonewall Jackson and the Providence of God.÷
Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the American Civil War.
Temperance and the New Immigration
Charles Sheldon, editorials in The Jesus Newspaper: The Christian Experiment of 1900 and its Lessons for Today
Carry Nation, The Use and Need of the Life of Carry A. Nation
Booth Tucker Describes the Salvation ArmyĂs Social and Gospel Work in Slums and Saloons, 1900
Rosa, an Immigrant, Contrasts Her Italian Catholicism with the American Version, c. 1890
Abraham Cahan Shows How American Business Life and Religious Pluralism Shattered a Russian Jewish ImmigrantĂs Traditional Faith, 1916
Anzia Yezierska Confronts an Orthodox Jewish Father over Changing Patterns of Religion and WomenĂs Work, 1925
Swami Vivekananda Describes His Life as a Hindu Celebrity in America, 1893
Madonna of 115th St
American Judaism: A History
Intellectual Controversies
Charles Hodge Denounces DarwinĂs Theory of Evolution as Atheistic, 1874
Lyman Abbott Argues That Christianity and Evolutionary Theory Are Compatible, 1892
Harold FredericĂs Fictional Methodist Preacher Discovers His Ignorance of Biblical History, 1896
Washington Gladden Explains Higher Criticism, 1894
William Jennings Bryan Defends Biblical Infallibility, 1924
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Finds Feminist Messages in Genesis, 1895
George Herron Depicts Jesus as a Revolutionary Socialist, 1899
W. E. B. DuBois, Jesus Christ in Texas
Darwin and the Divine in America: Protestant Intellectuals and Organic Evolution
American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon.
Adapting To Modernity and Complexity
Virginia Durr, Outside the Magic Circle
Amy Semple McPherson, This is That: Personal Experiences, Sermons and Writings
Clara Grillo Recalls Protestant-Catholic Tensions in Cleveland, c. 1920
Jacob Sonderling, Immigrant Rabbi, Observes American Jewish life, c. 1930
Sinclair Lewis Satirizes the Narrowness of Midwestern Baptists, 1927
Mordecai Kaplan Defends JewsĂ Life in Two Civilizations, 1948
Will Herberg Analyzes Religion and Assimilation, 1955
Donald Thorman Assesses New Roles for Catholic Laity, 1962
Jewish Food and Jewish Identity
Revive Us Again: The Reawakening of American Fundamentalism
Catholics and American Culture.
Religion and Protest Movements
Martin Luther King, Jr., Preaches on the Power of Love, 1963
James Baldwin Becomes a Boy Preacher in Harlem (c. 1936), 1963
Two Statements by Malcolm X: 1. GodĂs Judgment of White America (Dec. 1963) and 2. Letter From Mecca (April 1964)
National Conference of Black Churchmen Demands Equal Power, 1966
Christianity Today Criticizes Black AmericansĂ Intimidation of White Churches, 1969
Tom Cornell, Catholic Worker Pacifism
Tina Bell joins an Anti-Abortion Demonstration, 1988
Urban Catholics and the Civil Rights Movement
Religion and Counterculture
Jacob Needleman Discovers the Appeal of Eastern Religions, 1970
Hal Lindsay Foresees the Millennial ˘Rapture,÷ 1970
Eric Norman, Gods and Devils from Outer Space
Brad Steiger, The UFO Abductors
J. Stillson Judah Explains Why Hippies Join the Hare Krishnas, 1974
Starhawk Advocates Witchcraft, 1979
Carol Christ is Initiated into Goddess Worship, 1987
Religion in America Since 1945: A History 2. J. Gordon Melton, Rise and Fall of the New Age Movement
New Immigrants and Religious Multiculturalism
Karen McCarthy Brown, Mama Lola: A Voudou Priestess in Brooklyn
Charles Munzy Attends Vietnamese Funerals in Oklahoma City, 1989
Richard Rodriguez Recalls His Hispanic-Catholic Childhood, 1981
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri Explains MuslimsĂ Mixed Feelings About American Culture, 1997
Richard Wormser Describes Pressures on Muslim Teenagers in American High Schools, 1994
Prema Kurien Explains HindusĂ Adjustments to American life, 1998
The Dynamics of Islamic Identity in North America
Latinos and the New Immigrant Church
Contrasting Immigrant Buddhists and ˘White Buddhists.÷
Religion, Politics, and the Constitution
Billy Graham Urges a Troubled Nation to Turn Back to God, 1965
C. Stanley Lowell Defends His Fear of Catholics in 1960
Joseph M. Hopkins Deplores the Supreme CourtĂs Decision Against School Prayers, 1963
Evangelicals for Social Action Offer Guidance on Voting Biblically, 1980
Langdon Gilkey Opposes Creation Science, 1985
Christianity Today Describes Political Coalition-Building to Restore Religion in Schools, 1984
Wilfred M. McClay Warns Against the Political Contamination of Religion, 1988
Michael W. McConnell Fears for American Religious Freedom, 1990
The Supreme Court and the First Amendment
Fundamentalism and Politics.
Religion at the Turn of the Millennium: 1990-2010
Gustav Niebuhr, Men Crowd Stadiums to Fulfill Their Souls
Andrew Sullivan, Virtually Normal
Editors of Christianity Today, Walking in Truth
Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson discussion on ˘700 Club÷ argue that the ACLU and abortionists must share blame for 9/11 attack
Frank Silecchia, The Cross at Ground Zero
Jeremiah Wright, Confusing God and Government
Barack Obama, A More Perfect Union
Islam in America Post 9/11
A People Adrift
The Hindu Gods in a Split-Level World: The Sri Siva-Vishnu Temple in Suburban Washington, DC
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