America’s Religious History

by Thomas S. Kidd     |     Book Summary


Author: Thomas S. Kidd
Publisher: Zondervan Academic
Date: November 12, 2019
Pages: 296

Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne


It is beyond any doubt or controversy that America is a religious nation. Though secularism continues to find a greater foothold today, even the so-called Nones “commonly affirm belief in God (or at least a higher power), the afterlife, and other spiritual realities” (p. 290). 

Yet, the religious nature of America is not one of uniformity, but diversity, and at times strife and conflict. Various religions such as Judaism and Mormonism have helped shape America. Non-Protestantism such as Roman Catholicism has also played its part. 

Still, the uncontested influencer in America has been Protestantism. “The Protestant way has been the most powerful religious strain in America since the founding of the British colonies beginning in the early 1600s.” (p. 11) 

This does not mean that the Protestant movement has been fully cohesive. There has been much conflict over race, liberalism, and mission within Protestantism over the course of America’s history, but these factors have shaped and fashioned the America we see today.





America’s Religious History

by Thomas S. Kidd

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne

Author Thomas S. Kidd
Publisher Zondervan Academic
Date November 12, 2019
Pages 296


Overview:

It is beyond any doubt or controversy that America is a religious nation. Though secularism continues to find a greater foothold today, even the so-called Nones “commonly affirm belief in God (or at least a higher power), the afterlife, and other spiritual realities” (p. 290). 

Yet, the religious nature of America is not one of uniformity, but diversity, and at times strife and conflict. Various religions such as Judaism and Mormonism have helped shape America. Non-Protestantism such as Roman Catholicism has also played its part. 

Still, the uncontested influencer in America has been Protestantism. “The Protestant way has been the most powerful religious strain in America since the founding of the British colonies beginning in the early 1600s.” (p. 11) 

This does not mean that the Protestant movement has been fully cohesive. There has been much conflict over race, liberalism, and mission within Protestantism over the course of America’s history, but these factors have shaped and fashioned the America we see today.