REL321_Quiz5prep - Section 5 Introduction My comments are...

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Section 5 : IntroductionMy comments are introductory and supplementboth the readings and the full-length verbatim for this topic. You also need to make sure that you view episode 4 of “God in America.” As noted in section 4, the “Evangelical Era” had profound and long lasting impact….The Second Great Awakening and its Evangelical Reform Crusade cemented the dominate influence of mainstream Evangelical groups and their beliefs,etc. in U. S. life and culture. But it also highlights the continued growth of religious diversity and despite the recent Constitutional guarantee/promise (?) of “Religious Freedom” that many of these groups did not sure equally in this guarantee/promise (?).Roman Catholics During “the Evangelical Era”During this era, Roman Catholic immigration increased rapidly and they found themselves competing once again with EvangelicalProtestants on a crusade to make the U. S. the foremost example of a “Righteous Nation” which for most of them meant a “Protestant Nation.” In fact non-Protestants and especially Catholics were viewed as a threat to the nation’s democratic ideals and institutions. Note how the emergent “Nativist Movement” tapped into long held Protestant/Catholic fears that stretched back to theReformation. Note the stereotypes and bias
reflected inBeecher's Fear of Catholicism; Awful Disclosures of Maria Monkand Religious Know-Nothings. The “Little Red School House” (an American Icon)became the focus and battlefield for much of this tension. See illustrations…..Bishop Hughes highlights this issue from the Catholic perspective as Catholic parents were taxed to support public schools that were hostile to their beliefs, etc.

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