Lecture Notes for Religious Revolutions, Part 1 Posted Online Thursday September 24, 2105 Religious Revolution Protestantism’s Transformation in America 1620-1860 (time of American Civil War) How Protestantism changed over time, how the ideas influenced American culture. Things went from religion being dictated by a government to what exists today (tolerance or respect for many religions) First image is of a man being baptized into the Baptist Church by water. Baptism practices range from pouring water on someone or submerging them fully in water. Symbolically represents a cleansing of sins or past misdeeds, a rebirth into a new life Baptists use full submersion for Baptism It was controversial: 1. By fully submerging, it is a sign to say other religions’ ways of doing baptism are wrong. 2. By having a person wear a robe of all white, once submerged it becomes transparent when standing up in front of the congregation (people) Today in Austin, we have many religions represented: Catholic Protestant- many varieties Hindu Temple Mosques And others This was not always the case. In the colonial time and before, there was an idea that everyone in a society had to share the same faith Today Islam is under scrutiny in the United States He played a clip of presidential candidate Ben Carson-speaking-should faith be an issue on who is president. The candidate said whoever is president should act in a way that is consistent with the constitution and values of America. He said he thought Islam would be inconsistent with the Constitution of the US. Dr. Glenn says -the constitution allows anyone to serve. Religion doesn’t prevent anyone from serving. The US tolerates intolerance The groups who seem to benefit are those with intolerant beliefs. Christianity Defined “someone who professes a belief that Jesus is the Savior of the humankind.
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