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Live-Blogging: God in America (Parts 3 & 4)

In Thought on October 12, 2010 at 7:47 pm

God in America

Here’s part two of my live-blogging PBSGod in America documentary:

8:03 – This doesn’t have anything to do with the documentary, but I’d really like to have my own foundation or two to fund stuff like this.

8:06 – “Abraham Lincoln had always kept his beliefs to himself.” Witness the presentation of the secular/sacred split as a cherished American value.

8:09 – Abolitionists call slavery a national sin.

8:15 – The book of Philemon is not a text that proves biblical support of slavery.

8:20 – Lincoln definitely comes off a deist according to these scholars.

8:23 – Notre Dame’s Mark Noll, arguably the greatest evangelical church historian alive, made the academic cut here. Good for him.

8:35 – More focus on Lincoln’s “private/personal” working out of the will of God with regard to the Civil War.

8:39 – Lincoln no longer sounding deistic with language surrounding the Emancipation Proclamation. David Bright of Yale: “This was a religious moment.”

8:45 – Total deistic misread of Job by Prothero. Wow. That one wasn’t even close.

8:51 – Lincoln’s assassination as atonement for Civil War? Awful painting of Lincoln as Christ-figure being received in Heaven to illustrate the idea.

8:55 – Out of Civil War and onto reshaping of the religious landscape through emigration.

9:04 – Traditional vs. Reformed Judaism an interesting tension in 19th-century America.

9:11 – Enter Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. This should be interesting.

9:14 – Scriptures under fire in terms of authorship, inerrancy, infallibility, etc.

9:17 – Music almost triumphant under Charles Briggs’ Enlightenment rhetoric.

9:26 – Trying to figure out where they’re going with ten minutes on William Jennings Bryan.

9:28 – Post WWI, Fundamentalists now on the scene (dun, dun, dun) to combat Modernism.

9:32 – Scopes trial pits Bryan against Charles Darrow: “What was at stake for many people was the integrity of the Bible.”

9:44 – “Fundamentalists seek to build own sub-culture after Scopes trial.” Prothero: Delineations of people went from denominational to political.

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