Religion in Modern America (udemy)


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Course Description

This course explores the various religions present in our pluralistic society, and how they coexist in American culture. This course explores the Judeo-Christian foundation of American religion as well as the many other traditions that influence the landscape like Islam, Mormonism, New Religious Movements, and New Age.

We will see the ways media is used to promote religious traditions, and how savvy marketing has had an impact on which traditions thrive. This course is designed chronologically, but also has thematic foci such as marketing, politics, and race.

The course pays particular attention to the generational shifts among religious preference, including dwindling numbers among Catholics and Mainline Christians the exponential growth of evangelicalism.


What am I going to get from this course?

Over 20 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
Understand how American religion evolved from the Civil War to the Present
See how American religion intersects with American politics, history, and culture
Understand the basic history and development of American majority and minority traditions


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About the Instructor

Dr. Susie Meister , Doctor of Religious Studies, Television Personality, Author
Susie  has a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research is on the marketing of religion in the United States, prosperity gospel, evangelicals, and Pentecostals. She hosts a podcast called The Meister Piece, where she interview celebrities and newsmakers and she has a book coming out called Being Jesus (RothCo Press). As a former reality TV cast member (Road Rules, The Challenge), she is interested in pop culture and its intersection with religion as well. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and 3-year-old son.



Section 1: Welcome to Religion in Modern American
Lecture 1
Introduction: What to Expect From the Course

Section 2: Introduction to Religion in Modern America
Lecture 2
Christianity and the Civil War

Lecture 3
Immigration: Catholics Coming to America

Lecture 4
Immigration: Jews Coming to America

Section 3: A New Century: American Religion in the Early 1900s
Lecture 5
Birth of Modern Pentecostalism

Lecture 6
The Scopes Trial and the Face of Fundamentalism

Lecture 7
Depression Era Religion: Fascism and Anti-Semitism

Section 4: Mid-Century Religious Movements and Marketing
Lecture 8
American Judaism: Adapting to Abundance

Lecture 9
Vatican II: Changing Catholicism

Section 5: The Sixties and Seventies
Lecture 10
New Age Religion

Lecture 11
Civil Rights and Liberation Theology

Lecture 12
Baby Boomers and Individualized Religion

Section 6: Minority Religions
Lecture 13
Islam in America

Lecture 14

Lecture 15
New Religious Movements (Cults)

Section 7: Religion in the Digital Age
Lecture 16
Televangelists and Celebrity Pastors

Lecture 17

Lecture 18
Catholicism in Crisis

Lecture 19
Digital Religion

Lecture 20
Generation X, Millennials, and the Future of American Religion


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