Tuesday, October 12, 2010

God In America - Inside the tumultuous 400-year history of the intersection of religion and public life in America | PBS
If you were expecting a show about religious people or religion, this isn't it. It's about America's very essence.

In 1776 political freedom was perhaps not even the main topic of concern to the average American. Their faith, how to express it, with whom...these were the debates of the day among many of our countrymen.

From the Spanish Missionaries trying to convert the Pueblo, to the undoing of the separate colony's state religions, last night's premier was just fascinating.

The website does the story little justice; however the timeline interactive is a great review tool, the quiz tests your knowledge of basic religious knowledge.

Last night's show gave an overview of the role of congregations in building our hospitals, schools, anti-slavery movement, prison reform, etc. I hope later episodes will go into much deeper into this.

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