Discussion – Religious and Political Choice and Freedom
What did religious choice and freedom have to do with political choice and freedom in American history? How did personal religious experience of the revivals and Great Awakenings of the 18th century influence the American Revolution?
Your answer should make at least two specific references to the reading and/or video. But it is not just a recitation of facts from the reading/video but rather a discussion of things such as your opinion of the point under discussion, why you hold that opinion, how you see the point consistent or inconsistent with what you have learned so far, correlation with contemporary experience, implications for the future, etc. Makes connections to previous or current content or to real-life situations. Ideas should build upon each other.
Your initial post should be at least 275 words.
Info: Module 2: Lecture Materials — Awakening, Enlightenment, and Revolution
Some of the topics to be explored in this module include America as a mission field, the Great Awakening, the Enlightenment, religion in the American Revolution, and the treatment of religion in the Bill of Rights.
The Frontline video, A New Eden, further explores America’s experiment in religious liberty and the separation of church and state.
Powerpoint: This PowerPoint lecture looks at movements and events that shaped American Christianity especially the Great Awakening, the Enlightenment, and the American Revolution. (PowerPoint file attached)
The video, A New Eden, explores the development of religious liberty in America.
Video: "The origins of America’s experiment in religious liberty, examining how the unlikely alliance between evangelical Baptists and enlightenment figures such as Thomas Jefferson forged a new concept of religious freedom." (PBS)
God in America: A New Eden
Textbook and Course Resources
Nancy Koester, Introduction to the History of Christianity in the United States. Revised and Expanded Edition. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015. ISBN: 9781451472059