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Crucible of Pluralism: Religion in Modern America
Taught by: Randall Balmer

Description
E-Seminar Description
Since the 1960s, the religious landscape of the United States has undergone striking changes. During roughly the last third of the twentieth century, we have become the most religiously diverse nation on earth. Despite the American ideal of protecting religious diversity, these developments have challenged and disturbed many Americans. In this e-seminar Randall Balmer, Professor of Religion at Barnard College, explores the ways in which religion in America has changed in recent years. He provides a larger historical context in which to consider the tension between religious conformity and religious diversity in our nation.

The seminar is divided into three sections and includes a discussion board. "From the 1960s Onward" explores the developments that in recent decades have challenged the easy identification of America as a Judeo-Christian nation. Section 2, "Evangelicalism and the Rise of the Religious Right," provides a brief history of evangelical Christianity in America, its resurgence since the 1970s, and the evangelical reaction against the new diversity. Section 3, "The Triumph of Pluralism," considers how, throughout our history, the impulse toward diversity has won out over efforts toward religious consolidation.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Consider the various developments over the past forty years that have led to increased religious diversity in America.

•    Gain a better understanding of the role of evangelical Christianity in the United States in the past and in recent years.

•    Learn about the forces that led to the rise of the Religious Right in the late 1970s and 1980s.

•    Gain historical perspective on the tension between religious diversity and religious conformity in America.


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Outline
1.Introduction
2.From the 1960s Onward
3.Evangelicalism and the Religious Right
4.The Triumph of Pluralism
5.Conclusion

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Randall Balmer, the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of American Religion, has taught at Columbia since earning his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985. He is the author of six books, including A Perfect Babel of Confusion: Dutch Religion and English Culture in the Middle Colonies (1989); Religion in Twentieth Century America (2001); and Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America (1st ed., 1989), which is now in its third edition (2000). Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory was made into an award-winning, three-part PBS series for which Professor Balmer received an Emmy nomination. He has produced, written, and hosted two other PBS series, and his commentaries and op-ed pieces have appeared in newspapers across the country. During the 2001-2 academic year Professor Balmer was a senior research fellow at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion at Yale University.

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Recommended Reading
Balmer, Randall. Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press, 2000.

Martin, William. With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America. Broadway Books, 1996.

Miller, Donald E. Reinventing American Protestantism: Christianity in the New Millennium. University of California Press, 1997.

Noonan Jr., John T. The Lustre of Our Country: The American Experience of Religious Freedom. University of California Press, 1998.

Orsi, Robert A., ed. Gods of the City: Religion and the American Urban Landscape. Indiana University Press, 1999.

Tweed, Thomas A. and Stephen Prothero, eds. Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History. Oxford University Press, 1999.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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