Course Summary

Christianity in North America

The course is organized in five modules: (1) Beginnings to the Mid-19th Century, (2) The Mid-19th Century to the Present, (3) Special Areas.  3 semester hours of graduate credit.


1.  Relate the story of Christianity in North America

2.  Identify characters, issues, events, and theological concepts found in the history of Christianity in North America

3.  Contrast the current state of Christianity in Canada, the United States, and Central America

Credit.  Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on three multiple choice examinations and two essays of equal value.  A sample problem is given below.

The most challenging issue facing a person who would teach someone about Jesus Christ in the United States is (A) a language barrier, (B) government restrictions on freedom of speech and religion, (C) a cultural barrier, (D) general disinterest in religious differences.


Ample e-book resources are available in the Electronic Collection without cost to the student.  If hard copy substitutes are preferred, the following are recommended.

Ahlstrom, Sydney E.
A Religious History of the American People. 2nd ed. Yale University Press, 2004. 1216 pages. $50 ISBN: 978-0300100129

Berryman, Phillip.
Stubborn Hope: Religion, Politics, and Revolution in Central America. New Press, 1995. 288 pages. $31.01 ISBN: 1565841376

Rawlyk, G. A. (ed.).
The Canadian Protestant Experience, 1760-1990. Reissue ed. McGill Queens University Press, 1990. 254 pages. $32 ISBN: 978-0773511323