The Myth of the Religious Founding

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History Forum
The Myth of the Religious Founding

Sat., Mar 9, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102


$16, MNHS members save 20%

Join historian Steven K. Green for a presentation on what he argues is the myth of Christian America.

Green will argue that among the most enduring themes in American history is the idea that the United States was founded as a Christian nation. This myth arose out of three critical moments in our national past: the Puritan founding of New England; the American Revolution, and the early 19th century, when a second generation of Americans sought to redefine and reconcile the memory of the founding with their religious and patriotic aspirations. Fostered by Americans both famous and ordinary for nearly 400 years, the persistent mythos of a religious founding has become the central concept of our nation for many and the shared story that gives a deeper meaning, however false, to our collective national identity.

Green is professor of history and of law at Willamette University and author of Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding.

Lectures are offered at 10 am and 2 pm.

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2019-03-09 10:00:00 2019-03-09 10:00:00 America/Chicago The Myth of the Religious Founding Minnesota History Center

Additional Dates

History Forum
Sat., Mar 9, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm