Religion and American Society Term Paper by Nicky

Religion and American Society
A look at how religion shaped American society.
# 148894 | 1,914 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper examines the impact of religion on American society, tracing the development of insular outlooks to the acceptance of diversity of faiths in the US. The paper also addresses secularism in America, noting that American society, with regard to faith is one of a cyclical nature, where secularism challenges the faithful and then the faithful respond with what would seem a fervor of conservatism. The paper also discusses the role of Christian religious identity as an expression of being American. A chart indicates the breakdown of Christian denominations in the US. Additionally, the paper describes the role of prayer in American religiosity. The paper concludes by noting the many challenges in America to make and remake its religious faith.


Ignorance of Other Religions before WWII
Impact on U.S. Society
Impact on Judaism on Christianity
All Men Created Equal
Religious Nation under All
List of Various Religions
When did U.S. Religiosity Begin?
Founding Fathers
Prayer in Daily Life

From the Paper:

"The rise of political atheism largely began as a current of the cold war, as communism brought to America a sense of fear associated with a rejection of religion. Communism was largely dubbed as evil due to the fact that it espouses that religion is an unnecessary aspect of civil society in almost the same thread as it rejects capitalism and individualism. All of these issues made communism a perceived threat to American culture, which became hunted in much the same way as heresy had in the past. Though the separation of church and state were seen as nominally good the reality is that most Americans viewed a completely secular society as a dangerous premise. (Lippy, 1994, p. 195) Secularism in politics was seen as acceptable only to a point as the individual might be expected to refrain from overt attempts to witness to his or her constituency from his own interpretation of faith he was still very much expected to have a faith and a Christian faith at that. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Domke, D., & Coe, K. (2007). The God Strategy: The Rise of Religious Politics in America. Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 42(1), 53.
  • Harries, R. (2003). After the Evil: Christianity and Judaism in the Shadow of the Holocaust. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Lippy, C. H. (1994). Being Religious, American Style: A History of Popular Religiosity in the United States. Westport, CT: Praeger.
  • McDermott, R. A. (1993). The Spiritual Mission of America. Re-vision, 16(1), 15-25.
  • Werhan, K. (2004). Freedom of Speech: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution / Keith Werhan; Foreword by the Honorable Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. Westport, CT: Praeger.

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