My “American Religious History” Exam List

Continuing where I left off on Friday, here's the second of four exam lists. I think it's important we help each other out with these sorts of things so that our doctoral programs can be as useful to us as possible. So, hopefully this is a help to some other struggling Americanist. It's a bit … Continue reading My “American Religious History” Exam List

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Peter Berger, “Easternizing Spirituality,” and the Colonial Difference

In case you haven't stumbled upon it yet, sociologist Peter Berger has a new blog, Religion Other Curiosities, at the American Interest Online. It's a great blog and worth checking out on a regular basis. Berger has keen insights into Religion and culture and it's great that he's decided to jump into the blogosphere. (EDIT- … Continue reading Peter Berger, “Easternizing Spirituality,” and the Colonial Difference

Who is America’s God?

Stanely Hauerwas claims that America's god is dying. The Duke theologian argues that the god of America is unique to American Protestantism: That is why it has been possible for Americans to synthesize three seemingly antithetical traditions: evangelical Protestantism, republican political ideology and commonsense moral reasoning. For Americans, faith in God is indistinguishable from loyalty … Continue reading Who is America’s God?

NIMBY Mosques and the Taxonomies of Religion in America

Cross-posted at the Religion in American History Blog In case you missed it, there are plans to build a mosque in New York two blocks from the the site of World Trade Center attack.  The proposed mosque has ignited a variety of discourses about religion in American culture.  Opponents of the mosque have various reasons for … Continue reading NIMBY Mosques and the Taxonomies of Religion in America

Women’s History is Tea Party History?

This morning I read this great piece from Ruth Rosen over at the History News Network where she unpacks the role of women in the Tea Party movement. Women also play a decisive role in the Tea Party and now make up 55 percent of its supporters, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll.  Hanna Rosin … Continue reading Women’s History is Tea Party History?

What theories and theorists guide your work?

The Religion in American History Blog has a discussion question on their Facebook page about theories that guide scholars work.  Kelly Baker asked, "How do you all approach American Religious History? What methods, theories or theorists guide your work?" I posted an answer there but I thought I'd copy it here as well. What about … Continue reading What theories and theorists guide your work?