R. Marie Griffith
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1066
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Religion, Gender, and American Politics
Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics (forthcoming, Basic Books)
“Billy James Hargis and His Partners: Mobilizing a Christian Sexual Revolution.”
- Religion and Politics in the Contemporary United States, co-edited with Melani McAlister (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).
- American Religions: A Documentary History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).
- Women and Religion in the African Diaspora: Knowledge, Power, and Performance, co-edited with Barbara Dianne Savage (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006).
- Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity (University of California Press, 2004).
- God’s Daughters: Evangelical Women and the Power of Submission (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997; paperback 2000).
L23 2010 Religion and American Society
This course explores religious life in the United States. We will focus our study on groups and movements that highlight distinctive ways of being both ”religious” and ”American,” including the Americanization of global religions in the US context. Major themes will include religious encounter and conflict; secularization, resurgent traditionalism, and new religious establishments; experimentalism, eclecticism, and so-called ”spiritual” countercultures; the relationship between religious change and broader social and political currents (including clashes over race, class, gender, and sexuality); and the challenges of religious multiplicity in the US. You will: 1) acquire knowledge of the disparate religions practiced in North America during the twentieth century and beyond; 2) examine some of the chief conflicts as well as alliances between religion and the American social order in a global context; and 3) develop interpretive tools for understanding religion´s present and enduring role in the US and the world. 3 units. Same as home course RelPol 201.