Lecture Description

This lecture looks at the history and ideology of the idea of an “American” religion, as it has developed over time and in historiography, and proposes in place of it a religious history that focuses on the necessarily conflictual and disruptive nature of religions in the US, as lived in encounters among practitioners. These exchanges, across lines of race, gender, region, and class, with fundamental questions of theology and ontology in play, constitute the real dynamics and diversity of religions in US history, while making for a less “American” story.


General and Historiography Religion

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