Evaluation of Religion In America Religion in America is very important for many people in America and in a nation of 300 million plus people many different religions are observed. In a country as large and diverse as this one there are many different opinions about the various religions in existence in the United States. Depending on where you are or who you’re talking people are either accepting or not accepting of a diverse religious nation. As we all know religion, politics, and race are very divisive topics and brings up a lot of heated emotions in people. America is advertised as a nation that allows people the freedom to live whatever life they can dream up, including practicing the religion of their choice without the threat of persecution which is in the constitution.
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Many of the governments decisions are greatly influenced by religious groups who lobby and protest incase policies unfavorable policies are enacted. This paper explains how religion influences political decisions. Religion forms a major part in a nation since from it the citizens; specifically the followers, derive ethics, morality, laws and preferred lifestyle from religion’s views about the universe and human nature. The world has over one thousand religions, and each plays a significant role in the country in which it operates. The role could be its influence on the state or the impact it has on the citizens.
There exists a long held belief that the United States of America was founded on the principles and doctrinal views of Protestantism. Modern age Christians have scoured historical documents in an effort to provide evidence for a Judeo-Christian foundation in the nation’s republican framework. Likewise, their opponents have written lengthy dissertations and argued over various media outlets that Christian conclusions are unfounded. Yet despite their endless debate, religion, especially Christianity, has and continues to play a fundamental element of America’s cultural, societal, and political makeup. The Second Great Awakening, the religious revivalist movement of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, ignited not only a religious revolution that transformed the American landscape, but it also developed and cemented the individualistic ideologies that have driven American thought in subsequent generations.
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