Topics in American Religion
GRS RN 727
Two topics are offered 2012/2013. Students may take one or both for credit. Topic for Fall 2012: American Evangelicalism. Major trends in American evangelicalism, from the colonial awakenings and religious reform to the contemporary Christian Right. Focus on how evangelicals have negotiated and shaped central tenets of American culture, including understandings of gender, race, performance, nation, sexuality, and economics. Topic for Spring 2013: Atheism and Agnosticism in U.S. History. A historical exploration of skeptics and freethinkers in the United States from figures such as Thomas Paine and "The Great Agnostic" Robert Ingersoll to Christopher Hitchens and other "New Atheists."