Religion in America, Volume 2

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Thomson Wadsworth, Jun 30, 2005 - History - 256 pages
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RELIGION IN AMERICA, a primary sourcebook, includes the major documents that illustrate the development of religion in and its impact on United States history. Encouraging students to explore the varieties, developments, similarities, and differences of religion in the United States, RELIGION IN AMERICA sheds light on certain religious contradictions in the American personality. This reader considers the contradictions resulting from two great historical events that shook the Western world just as Europeans began arriving in America: the Reformation and the Enlightenment. From the earliest of times, Americans have wrestled with questions that religious contradictions raise, such as: Is the United States a holy experiment or a secular refuge from oppressive religion? Should our priority as a people and nation be to encourage individual achievement or community spirit? Is our role in world affairs to be an inspiration to other nations or to wield power? These questions, which fashioned US political and social debate, have continually been inspired by, reflected in, and influenced by religious commentary and action. This reader helps students explore the history of these religious contradictions, so they can better understand the world we live in today.

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Dr. James T. Baker is a graduate of Baylor and Florida State Universities. He holds the title of University Distinguished Professor of History at Western Kentucky University. He has been a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Studies in both Korea and Taiwan, and for twenty years he directed and taught in study-abroad programs for American students in Britain and Ireland. He is now director of the United States Interns to the Canadian Parliament Program in Ottawa. He has published books on figures such as Thomas Merton, Jimmy Carter, Eric Hoffer, Ayn Rand, Brooks Hays, and Studs Terkel. Professor Baker serves as series editor for the Creators of the American Mind series and has contributed earlier volumes on Nat Turner, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.