God in America Episodes

2010, TV Show

God in America Season 1 episodes

Soul of a Nation; Of God and Caesar Season 1, Episode 3

The series finale recalls the post-World War II era, when evangelist Billy Graham led a religious revival that married faith with patriotism. Also: the Supreme Court's decision on religious expression in public schools; the rise of Martin Luther King Jr.; the crusade by conservative evangelicals to mix faith with politics, which led to disappointment in some quarters; America's increasing number of religions, fueled by immigration from Asia and elsewhere; religion and the Democratic Party. read more

Rebirth; A New Light From Above Season 1, Episode 2

The first hour recalls how slavery split the U.S., and Northern abolitionists and Southern slaveholders both used the Bible to support their positions. Also examined is Abraham Lincoln's spiritual journey, which was fed by the carnage of the Civil War and the death of his young son. The second hour details how modernity challenged traditional faith during the 19th and early 20th centuries via the establishment of Reform Judaism and the 1925 Scopes evolution trial. read more

A New Adam; A New Eden Season 1, Episode 1

The six-hour history of religion in America begins in the 1600s, when Franciscan friars attempted to convert Pueblo Indians in New Mexico, and covers the case of Anne Hutchinson, a Puritan woman who believed God had spoken to her and, as a result, clashed with Puritan leader John Winthrop, who was threatened by her nonconformist views. The 18th century saw the rise of evangelical preacher George Whitefield, who bucked the accepted order, and the birth of the American notion of religious liberty. read more

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Premiered: October 11, 2010, on PBS
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Premise: A six-hour history of religion and its role in American life,beginning in the 1600s, when Franciscan friars attempted to convert Pueblo Indians to Christianity, and ending in the present day.

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