Kresta in the Afternoon – April 4, 2019 – Hour 2

+  The Relationship Between Religion and Culture in America (full hour)

  • Description: Religion plays a unique role in American culture. Even with the rise of the Nones, a higher percentage of Americans identify as religious compared to most western countries. But many aspects of American culture have long been secularized and it's hard to find a field - whether it be entertainment, academia or the law - where one can honestly say Christians have a strong influence. We take a deeper look at the relationship between religion and culture in America with historian George Marsden.
  • Segment Guests:
    • George Marsden
      George Marsden is the author of several books, most recently Religion and American Culture: A Brief History. He is Professor Emeritus at Notre Dame and now a Distinguished Scholar in the History of Christianity at Calvin Theological Seminary.
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    • Religion and American Culture: A Brief History

      While Americans still profess to be one of the most religious people in the industrialized world, many aspects of American culture have long been secular and materialistic. That is just one of the many paradoxes, contradictions, and surprises in the relationship between Christianity and American culture. In this book George Marsden, a leading historian of American Christianity and award-winning author, tells the story of that relationship in a concise and thought-provoking way. Surveying the history of religion and American culture from the days of the earliest European settlers right up through the elections of 2016, Marsden offers the kind of historically and religiously informed scholarship that has made him one of the nation’s most respected and decorated historians. Students in the classroom and history readers of all ages will benefit from engaging with the story Marsden tells. (learn more)

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