Sociology 159: Religion and American Political Culture

Professor Gómez
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00-3:00, SSB 467



Some readings require access from on campus or via proxy sever
John Winthrop – A Model of Christian Charity
Perry Miller – Errand Into the Wilderness
Mark A. Noll, America’s God, pp. 44-50, ch. 5
Robert Bellah – Civil Religion in America
Adam Gomez – The Nation Invisible: American Civil Religion and the American Political Tradition, 1838-1925
W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk
Thomas Bacon, “A Sermon to Maryland Slaves” (Butler & Stout Ch. 4)
Frederick Douglass, “Address on Evangelical Flogging”; George D. Armstrong, “The Christian Doctrine of Slavery: God’s Work in God’s Way” (Butler & Stout Ch. 11)
William E. Montgomery, “The Preachers” (Butler & Stout Ch. 15)
Alison Calhoun-Brown, “Upon This Rock: The Black Church, Nonviolence, and the Civil Rights Movement”
Hortense J. Spillers, “Martin Luther King and the Style of the Black Sermon” (Butler & Stout Ch. 23)
Gov. George C. Wallace, 1963 Inaugural Speech
Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have a Dream” speech (video); Letter From Birmingham Jail
Statement by Alabama Clergymen (the statement that prompted King’s letter)
President George W. Bush: Farewell Address (Jan. 15, 2009)
President Barack Obama: Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech (Dec. 10, 2009)
Putnam & Campbell, American Grace ch. 4, 11, 12
Pat Robertson: “Restore States’Rights and Public Morality
Carmel Perez Snyder, “Marriage, Family Advocate in State to Support Coburn” (The Oklahoman, 10/23/04)
Ilir Disha, et al., “Historical Events and Spaces of Hate: Hate Crimes against Arabs and Muslims in Post-9/11 America”
Barry A. Hollander, “Persistence in the Perception of Barack Obama as a Muslim in the 2008 Presidential Campaign”
Sen. Barack Obama, “Call to Renewal” keynote address (2006) [text] [video]
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, “Mormons in America”: Executive Summary; “Romney’s Mormon Faith Likely a Factor in Primaries, Not in a General Election”
Sen. Barack Obama, “A More Perfect Union” (2008) [text] [video]
Gov. Mitt Romney, “Faith in America” (2007) [text] [video]

Lecture Slides
01 Introduction (4/3)
02 Winthrop, Miller, & Noll (4/5)
03 Bellah & Gomez (4/10)
04 Gomez (O’Sullivan) (4/12)
05 Gomez (Lincoln 1) (4/19)
06 Gomez (Lincoln 2) (4/24)
07 Gomez (Wilson) (4/26)
08 Gomez (Bryan) (5/1)
09 Midterm (5/3)
10 Du Bois (5/8)
11 Slavery, Christianity, & the emergence of the Black Church in America
12 Wallace; the Black Church & the Civil Rights Movement (5/15)
13 Martin Luther King, Jr.
14 MIDTERM (5/22)
15 Niebuhr (5/24)
16 Putnam & Campbell (5/29) UPDATED
17 Putnam & Campbell, Robertson, & Dobson (5/31)
18 Religious minorities (6/5)
19 Religious minorities (6/7)

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