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God in America (2010)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WKQ45U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,210 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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GOD IN AMERICA a six-hour documentary series from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and FRONTLINE targeted to air in fall 2010 on PBS will tell the sweeping and dramatic story of religious life in America examining more than 500 years of American religious history from the voyage of Christopher Columbus to the 2008 presidential election. GOD IN AMERICA will examine this history as it has played out in public life exploring the complex interaction between religion and democracy in the United States; the origins of the American concept of religious liberty; the dynamics of the ever-evolving American religious marketplace; and the vital role played by religious ideas and institutions in many social reform movements in the country's history.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary February 21, 2011
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIstory we never learned in school 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction December 16, 2010
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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not exciting 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good outline of our American religious experience 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Religion in America 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I found this!
Unbelievably informative. Well-balanced. Or to sum it up briefly, WOW!!!!! Glad I watched it before we headed east to visit old colonial history sites. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Kathleen Jarvis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 12 days ago by sherry carson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really informative an well done
Published 19 days ago by Eric Feldman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Most informative!
Published 20 days ago by Jean M. Koelsch
5.0 out of 5 stars It must be revaluated and this younger generation can lead us to shift...
This is important to watch because it shows the benefits of our spiritual beliefs and the harm we did to Native Americans by forcing Christianity on them. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Jeanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great history of Faith in America
Just a wonderful story of how America changed with each new faith that came to it. It really should be seen by all interested folks on how faith can bring out the very best in some... Read more
Published 1 month ago by rgrenz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great history lesson
Good history lesson we're not taught in schools. Helps better understand how the USA functions.
Published 1 month ago by House of Radiance
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this. Very well done.The Truth about salvation is brought out really well.
Published 1 month ago by David Withrow
5.0 out of 5 stars My comment might anger some folks
Not sure of some of the facts in this documentary....keep an open mind while watching these. I enjoyed the series regardless. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nurse Sandie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A real eye opener that helped me understand our bipartisan political culture. Balanced and entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by J. L. McDonald
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