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The History of Christianity in America

As we approach the story of Christianity in America, we may adopt a title that's a little more precise, such as:

"The Evangelicals in America"

There are many ways to tell the story of a people or a region...In this course we will be looking at the story of America through the lens of the predominant religious belief system of those who would form the government and culture of the United States of America.

Join Dr. Daniel van Voorhis–Historian, Author, and Host of The Christian History Almanac Podcast–as he explores the surprising history of Christianity in America.


Topics Covered in the Course

  • The early colonies and their European backgrounds
  • The first and second great Awakening
  • A Distinctly American Theology
  • Christianity and the Courts
  • The Fundamentalist/Modernist Controversy
  • "Evangelicals" and the Modern Megachurch


Let's Get Started

This course contains eight sessions, each containing a video lesson, course notes, and a quiz. You are also invited to join the discussion throughout the course as you watch these videos. You can complete this course at your own pace. So we encourage you to work through it at whatever pace is most comfortable for you. At the end, you will receive a 'Course Completion Certificate' via email. 


Dan van Voorhis

Dan van Voorhis is an author, historian, professor, and speaker at 1517. After receiving his Ph.D. in History from the University of St. Andrews, Dr. van Voorhis spent 11 years teaching history and political thought at Concordia University, Irvine. He is now the 1517 Academy Dean. He also spends his time writing for 1517 and hosting/producing podcasts including the Soul of Christianity and the Christian History Almanac. Dan is married to Beth Anne, and they have two sons, Coert and Raymond.


Introduction & Origin Story
Defining Puritans, Pietists, and Evangelicals
Founding Generation and Documents
The Second Great Awakening
Christianity and The Civil War
Turn of the Century to the Fundamentalist/Modernist Controversy
Christianity and the Courts in the 20th Century
Evangelicals, The Religious Right, and the Modern Megachurch
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