God in America 1 Season 2010

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During the 19th century, the forces of modernity challenged traditional faith and drove a wedge between liberal and conservative believers.

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56 minutes
Original air date:
October 12, 2010

A New Light

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Season 1
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    1. A New Adam The first hour of God in America explores the origins of America's unique religious landscape -- how the New World challenged and changed the faiths the first European settlers brought with them.

    TV-PG 56min October 11, 2010
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    2. A New Eden Hour two considers the origins of America's experiment in religious liberty, examining how the unlikely alliance between evangelical Baptists and enlightenment figures such as Thomas Jefferson forged a new concept of religious freedom.

    TV-PG 56min October 11, 2010
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    3. A Nation Reborn Hour three explores how religion suffused the Civil War. As slavery split the nation in two, Northern abolitionists and Southern slaveholders turned to the Bible to support their cause.

    TV-PG 51min October 12, 2010
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    4. A New Light During the 19th century, the forces of modernity challenged traditional faith and drove a wedge between liberal and conservative believers.

    TV-PG 56min October 12, 2010
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    5. Soul of a Nation Hour five explores the post-World War II era, when rising evangelist Billy Graham tried to inspire a religious revival that fused faith with patriotism in a Cold War battle with "Godless Communism."

    TV-PG 56min October 13, 2010
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    6. Of God and Caesar The final hour of God in America brings the series into the present day, exploring the religious and political aspirations of conservative evangelicals' moral crusade over divisive social issues like abortion and gay marriage.

    TV-PG 56min October 13, 2010

Product Details

Director David Belton, Sarah Colt
Supporting actors Richard Easton, Jimmy Hager, Bryce Pinkham, Chris Sarandon, Campbell Scott, Cory Scott, Cotter Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, Kenneth Tigar, Sam Tsoutsouvas, Nico Ward, Gary Yudman
Season year 2010
Network PBS
Executive Producer Raney Aronson
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It's hard to think about religion without blaming God for it's growing pains.
James Parkinson
A great video series of how Christianity and other religions played such an important role in American History.
Sheryl Tegelberg
You can watch both "God in America" and "The Mormons" for free on the PBS website.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 21, 2011
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One of the best documentaries on religion and America I've seen. It is not a comprehensive exposé of all religions started or practiced in America (which would be impossible and overwhelming), but instead a story of how religion has shaped life and politics in America from the Puritans all the way up to Billy Graham, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. I think PBS struck the perfect balance in providing a factual introduction to many mainstream groups as well as telling a cohesive story throughout this extensive time period.

It is unfortunate that some major religions were not included (i.e., Mormonism) but understandable as PBS has put out a full-length documentary specifically on this topic. You can watch both "God in America" and "The Mormons" for free on the PBS website.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Rollandini on January 13, 2011
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Impressed with how important Religion in Early America made our Constitutional laws and how the founding fathers wanted to create a new experiment by these laws. A new & fresh look at US History.
Also, how much the same rhetoric is repeated in the political debates whether it is 1600 or 2010!
Religion is a very big issue in Democracy!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By One Old Bob on December 16, 2010
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A previous "one-star" review seemed harsh, because I'm pretty sure that this series was meant to be an enjoyable introduction to the subject at hand. As such I was very impressed. They used quality actors that many may recognize from other TV shows. And in spite of the specs I saw advertised, it's actually presented in anamorphic widescreen with 5.1 surround sound for anyone interested. If you have HDTV and an upconvert DVD player, it's amazing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stratiotes Doxha Theon VINE VOICE on February 25, 2013
So often historical study separates the religious from the secular. But ignoring the religious convictions of a people which underlies the political forces that shapes that people will always leave great gaps in purely secular history. What is lacking in a secular approach is remedied in this American history. The political movements of the pre-revolutionary days through the moral questions that so often divide us into liberal and conservative camps have little meaning without the context of the common faith experiences that have shaped those movements. Few other nations have been influenced by religious culture as has the United States. In this series, PBS has given us the continuity of that religious experience from the earliest European settlements to the present day. A fascinating study of how faith has shaped politics in ways we seldom realize or wish to acknowledge. Very well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BeachMama on April 5, 2014
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As a documentary, it was good. The information was accurate. Compelling photography and costuming, just not very attention-grabbing. I found myself nodding off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Seall on March 16, 2013
I have to guess that even for those who have been fans of Lincoln like me for some time, episode 3 was a revelation. It deepened my appreciation of not only his character, but the struggles we have faced, overcome, yet continue in many ways to confront as a nation.

The recent Spielberg film with Day-Lewis is excellent of course, but delves nowhere near the depth of spiritual struggle depicted here through dramatization of Lincoln's personal writings during the Civil War. He seems to have truly wrestled with his conception of God and the right course during his presidency.

Such struggles and choices are never certain, and although I know it sounds somewhat negative, I would hope that more of us suffer and make our choices under the same sharpening pressures, only to be later judged, no matter the intervening period, anywhere near the level of acclaim that he ultimately achieved.

Because that seems as close as I can see to any true measure of greatness. And we will always need more of us to pursue that level of commitment, whether greatness is achieved, acclaimed, denied or even just ignored.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By doorknob on January 18, 2013
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Well done. The reinactments tend to get in the way, but for the most it's a pretty good overview, although at times, a little thin on the information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bell Ringer on May 29, 2011
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An excellent resource. This helps place the growth of Christianity into the context of the growth of America. Resource materials are also available online to help provide guidance for group discussions.
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