HDS 2305

Protestant-Catholic Relations in America, 1600-2000

K. Healan Gaston


With the earliest colonists to the Americas came the legacy of the great divide that separated Protestants from Catholics during the Reformation. From that time forward, the relationship between these groups has been central to the American experiment, shaping the contours of both American democracy and national identity. This course will explore the complex and continuously evolving interplay between Protestants and Catholics and its influence on American history, literature, thought, politics, and culture. Although anti-Catholicism will figure prominently in the readings and lectures, so too will themes of agency, cross-confessional exchange, and definition in opposition. We will pay particular attention to the waxing and and waning of anti-Catholicism at different points in American history; changing conceptions of democracy, religious pluralism, secularism, church-state relations, and the category of religion itself; the distinctive contributions of Protestants and Catholics to American social movements; and the growing affinities between evangelical Protestants and Catholics in contemporary America. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 25 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1480


0.50 credits
Spring 2013
Mon Wed 11am-12pm
Divinity Hall Room 106

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Comparative Studies
  • History of Christianity
  • Religions of the Americas
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None