Christian Foundations of American Religions
This weeks reading touched on many important topics. For example, how most of American’s religion is some form of Protestant. Also, how the Old Testament influenced laws that were passed because the Puritans “Pilgrims” found that it was easier to write laws that matched the ten commandments Old Testament than the New Testament. The pilgrims were puritans that became Congregationalists which meant they wanted the local congregation to be the authority. In the year 1619, one year after the Mayflower, “the pilgrim’s ship” arrived to America. The first salve was on a ship to Jamestown, Virginia. In the first century, many Africans did not become Christians because the Euro-Americans saw them as second tier human and had no souls. They also feared that if the slaves had religious equalities, they would think that they had civil equalities, which would put the whole (slavery) system in jeopardy. Even though Catholicism is an old religion and was brought to America by the explorers, since the turn of the century Catholicism is a religion for the poor immigrant. The (Hispanic) word was brought on by the United States government to describe Latin American people. In this essay I will discuss how religion influenced politics, African religions and their influence on American Christianity, and why it is wrong to assume that Hispanics are from one particular religion.
Protestantism was moved here from Europe. The early settlers in America wanted the native Americans to follow the same practices. The English wanted to lead the native Americans to heaven, so they believed that making them become Christian would lead them to that path, and the English were very serious about this. The Christian’s thought that the Catholic missionaries were not doing a good job trying to lead the Native Americans to conversion. But soon after settling in Virginia, they soon forgot about the well being of the Indians, especially after the Indians rebelled against them in 1622. Soon after, Baptists started to move across the United States, moving quickly though the backcountry of Virginia and the Carolinas. After the American revolution, Methodist started moving across the south and west, but they didn’t become democratic like the Baptists. The Baptists spilt before the Civil War and never came back together. The churches had a big influence in reform movements. 1919-1933 church had the power to forbade the sell of alcohol in America, which is big in my opinion. Having the power to prevent the sell of something so popular among so many people is astounding. Religion affects people’s decisions, which is why I believe that religion influence (politics) so much. Politicians are people and when they pass laws, they usually quote (the Bible) to justify the laws they make. When a politician is sworn into office, they use the Bible as a promise to do the right thing. Also, when a witness takes the stand, they use the bible to promise to tell...