As James A. Henretta, David Brody, and Lynn Dumenil point out in America a Concise History, the Puritans believed that religion should have more power over the government. In other words the laws of the bible were more important then the laws of the state (45). In John Winthrop’s famous speech, “The Modell of Christian Charity,” he speaks of a few ideals, which sha... ... middle of paper ... ...American’s lives today has diminished, but I disagree. Religion still does play a large role in our lives, but it has gone through many reforms as it has many times in the past. People need something to believe in, whether it is Christianity, Judaism, Muslim or Science, and those beliefs have and always will influence the path that our society takes.
For example, the Government has had a large hand in monitoring religious beliefs in the army; the effects of this can be seen in the case of the four chaplains stamp. In addition, during the consensus era, the U.S. felt pressured by the circumstances in other countries to encourage good morals in the form of religion. Furthermore, the government manipulated religion to create unity within the country and to instil nationalism into Americans. Although the nation’s government claims to be independent from religion, America’s history illustrates how the government has used religion to shape the country. The American army is a unique and rare opportunity where many nationalities, beliefs, and ideals come together in one place and must unite for a greater cause.
Also, many organizations of official government and educational positions have also stated that religion is recommended in the public school. In addition, the historical significance of religion in the creation of the present day America and the laws that it is based on is by and large one of the greatest influences on the common everyday workings of society. Religion is part of a well rounded education and provides the religious aspects of human morality and virtuosity (Haynes, 2). It allows for the insight into history and culture through the historical influence of its nature. Despite the fact that it is not the only factor, one can not help but notice the steady decline of the moral society in relation to the degeneration of religious rights (Glenn, 7).
Paine understanding how the cause of patriotism would need” a dose This is a book review of Sacred Scripture, Sacred War, written by James P. Byrd. In his book Byrd of scripture, in order to help the patriots, during the times that try men’s souls,”1. Biblical patriotism being very unique perspective was based on the use of scriptures, to inspire and justify the revolution. Ministers would use these scriptures for the purpose of instruction, and inspiration, for colonial solders not well prepared and outnumbered by the English
The Enlightenment theory added to the oppression of British rule led to a revolution. Although not as significant as the Enlightenment, the Great Awakening still had a deep impact on colonial society. Primarily, the conflict that arose between the religious revivalists and ultimately ended in a split in the evangelical group changed the face of religion in the British colonies. The New Light revivalists spawned such denominations as Baptist and Methodist, which differed in the old lights beliefs in doctrine and matters of faith. These new sects resulted in a stronger tolerance toward religious diversity.
The storyline of the documentary “Of Cesar and God” covers the awakening of evangelical religion in politics in the 1960’s. Thru different venues such as the construction of religious groups that had a political agenda such as the Moral Majority and the Christian Coalition. The documentary goes over the roots of the evangelical awakening in which it states, the evangelical Protestants believed in keeping to themselves and saw politics as something dirty and ungodly. Yet I found it interesting to learn how the church saw politics as a venue to share their religious views and beliefs. The nation’s events that transpired during the 1960’s in which the Vietnam War, the student rebellion of 1964-1968, and Hippies drove conservative evangelicals out of their shell and got more involved in politics.
The functionality of America would not be as novel or ingenious without religion, a monumental influence in the building of the United States. If we trace back hundreds of years to colonial times, religion acted as the absolute driving force that convinced colonists that America was the new haven they had been looking for. It also contributed long lasting moral, social, and political impacts seen in countless movements reflecting the christian ideals of truth, life without sin, and altruism, or good works. Lastly, religious liberty is a major campaign so trite that one will find religious tolerance laws in every state as well as various religious tolerance groups with ease. Patently, the rudiments of religion are responsible for shaping the world we live and enjoy today.
Religion is an essential and complex facet of the American psyche. It plays a key role in supporting the ideal of American exceptionalism and has done so from Independence to the present day. Religion also plays a role in national identification through the “Americanisation” of religion. The emergence of transcendentalism, cults, evangelical sects, and Christian Zionism have all been a result of both the “Americanisation” of faith and American exceptionalism. The importance of religion to America as a nation, means that religion is granted certain freedoms that make passing laws regulating it difficult.
The Constitution, once used as a tool to segregate, is now being used to integrate. America is growing into a community that is not contained within one nation, but one that is within everyone who seeks it. America has changed its religious identity from strictly Christian to neutral, becoming a nation that embraces many differences. As a country, as a culture, as an ideal nation, we are still growing. History shows that we have the potential to become the model of Democracy, as we have long strived to be.
The method in which this question will be examined is first noting the religion of Malcolm X, describing certain ideals of the religion that relate to ideals of the Civil Rights Movement, and understanding how Malcolm X gained his religious beliefs. Then the position that Malcolm X had in his religious group will be examined. Following that will be an inspection of the influence Malcolm X had on his religious followers. B. Summary of Evidence Historians have focused mainly on the political aspects of Malcolm X; however, his religious ideals were a major contributor to his actions throughout his life (DeCaro 2).