The Struggle Between Protestantism And Pluralism

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The struggle between Protestantism and pluralism in the 19th century In the 19th century, America was experiencing a religious diversity expansion. Religion was an essential part of the established American culture, gaining great influence on the spiritual lives of many. For some, religion meant a special interest, as many saw in religion the power to dominate while others selflessly embraced it as a form to live a harmonious life. Nonetheless, the superiority of some established religions from the times of the colonies dominated over those seeking to fit in a Protestant religious culture. Alexis de Tocqueville, was a French statesman, that while visiting America made a strong observation about the power of religion, he concluded that, “One cannot therefore say that in the United States religion influences the laws or political opinions in detail, but it does direct mores, and by regulating domestic life it helps to regulate the state.” If religion helped regulate the state, it can be said it contributed a strong element to the seeking of dominance of moral matters according to the visions of some and exclusion of others. The desire for dominance over cultural and religious principles, led the Puritan-evangelical insiders and non-Protestant outsiders into a religious struggle for spiritual authority in 19th century America. Separation of church and state guaranteed the right and freedom to practice the desire religion in America. Religions came to light since colonial
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