HDS 2372

American Religious History Since 1865

K. Healan Gaston


With the help of a textbook, primary sources, and a few secondary sources, this course will offer students a panoramic view of the history of American religion since 1865. As we explore the diversity of religious experience and practice in modern America, drawing wherever possible on the history of Boston and New England, we will devote particular attention to the nation's increasing religious diversity, interfaith relations, secularization, church-state conflicts, theological shifts, the growing authority of psychology, and the rise of the Christian Right. Along the way, we will also explore questions of historical method, the use of historical sources, and the areas where historians disagree.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Spring 2014
Tue Thu 10am-11:30am
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
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None