Religious Transformations Of The United States

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Essay One: Religious Transformations
During the past few weeks we have explored a wide variety of examples of religious transformations. The following paragraphs will briefly examine five different transformations that have occurred during the history of religion in the United States. Pluralism is by definition, the coexistence of multiple, groups, religions, cultures, etc. One example of Pluralism that sticks out is the history of colonial Protestantism. As discussed in class, Protestantism stemmed from desire to reform the Roman Catholic Church. The actions of three figures, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and King Henry VIII led to the pluralism of Protestantism in the US Colonies. As colonists arrived to North America in the 16th and 17th centuries, Protestantism was one of the main religious. Among the Protestants, Calvinists, Lutherans, and Anglicans, were all present. All three of these flavors of Protestantism shared the common elements of European religions: monotheism, dualisms, and chosen-ness. They also shared, similar roots from the Christian reformation movement. Their differences, mainly in structure of the authoritative process, of the Church, meant that it was necessary for them to co-exist.
Syncretism, is the blending of two or more cultural systems into one. A significant example of this in the history of religion in the United States deals with African Slaves. Between the 17th and 19th century, 17 million slaves arrived in the colonies. With them, the…
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