Project #91984 - Region in America questions

1-How does Marsden define “secular”?  What are two examples of institutions he offers in American society that he considers to be secular?

 

2-Who are the insiders in early American culture who had a disproportionate influence in shaping American culture, according to Marsden?

 

3-What groups does Marsden define as the outsiders in early America who had to contend with the insiders who dominated the culture until recently?

 

4-Name and describe two reasons for the American Revolution according to Marsden.

 

5-Name and briefly describe two factors that contributed to disestablishment in America according to Flowers.

 

6-What does Flowers mean by the term pluralism?

 

7-Where is the one place in the Constitution that religion is mentioned and what does it say?

 

8-What are the two rights related to religion that are protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

 

9-Which nation was the first in human history to guarantee with a legal charter the rights of its citizens to be religious or nonreligious and to practice that religion according to the dictates of their conscience?  (Hint:  the answer is in Flowers.  Writing as a U.S. citizen, the answer to this question is, I think, something of which to be proud.)

 

Question 10.

1-Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses object to saluting the flag?

 

2-How did the court rule on this issue is 1940?  What was its reasoning?

 

3-Why did the court look at this issue again three years later?

 

 

4-How and why did it reverse its earlier ruling?

 

Textbooks: 

George M. Marsden, Religion and American Culture (2nd edition) Wadsworth, 2001.

ISBN:978-0-15-505532-2

http://www.cengage.com/search/productOverview.do?N=+4294921982+11&Ntk=P_Isbn13&Ntt=9780155055322

Ronald B. Flowers, That Godless Court?  Supreme Court Decisions on Church-State Relationships, (2nd edition) Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.

ISBN 0-664-22891-7

http://www.ppcbooks.com/wjk_search.asp

 

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