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Was America founded as a Christian nation? What role did diversity play in the early years of our country? What is the future of faith in our society? This fascinating DVD series explores these issues, and many more. This set contains six 30 minute episodes on two discs. This series surveys 400+ years of Christianity in America, including key people, events, movements and controversies from the Protestant, Catholic and Evangelical perspectives. Expert commentary and vivid illustrations bring the past to life in this well researched series. Bonus features include interviews, PDF printable transcripts and discussion questions. Questions vary from recall of information to higher level thinking and analysis (no answers included).
The first episode, "Faith in America", explores the history of religion in America from the Mayflower compact through the Declaration of Independence. It also covers the development of the consumer driven religion in the late 1700s, the circuit riders, and the "mega churches" of today. The second episode, "Many Mansions", explores the changes to America's landscape from alternative religions, including Joseph Smith's Latter Day Saints, the Shakers, and Jim David Koresh's Branch Davidian movement. The parachurch organizations and the Jesus movement are also briefly covered. Episode three, "Rebels with a Cause", surveys social issues and the role of faith, including a look at slavery, prohibition and the social gospel. Episode four, "Challenges and Change", takes a look at the impact of cultural changes on faith in America, including mass media: TV, movies, music, and the internet. Episode five, "Home Grown Saints", looks at ten influential Christians who changed the course of religious and cultural life in America. The final episodes explore eight key questions focusing on the role of faith in our culture and the global community, how people of faith should interact with others, and good stewardship of God's creation. An essential resource that inspires and motivates you to see the big picture impact faith plays in on our society. 2 DVDs. 180 minutes. ~ Deanne