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God in America

4.6 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews

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For those who know that in America, religion matters, and for those who wish it didnt matter so much, comes GOD IN AMERICA, a sweeping history of how religious faith has shaped America. Interweaving documentary footage, historical dramatizations, and interviews with religious historians, this documentary series is an in-depth exploration of the historical role of religion in the public life of the United States.

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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:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WKQ45U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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This program is a great overview of how integral religion is to American history. And the forces are still in play. It helped me to understand where (and when) Evangelicals are coming from. I had no idea of the very deep roots of the prayer in school issue for example. I like history but I found a lot here that I had not known or had not thought about. It left me marveling at the courage and insight of our founders.

I have used this series in two groups of adult learners and all participants thought this was very helpful in understanding where we have come from and what is going on now.
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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. One of the few secular films I've seen that manages to treat both Christians and those who are not Christians with the same demeanor.
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Excellent historical account of how the various Christian religions began in America, how they differed, and how that has affected those same religions over time. Here is a teaser.....The idea of, "Separation between Church and State", originates from religious leaders not the Founding Fathers who put it into words.
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While not exactly Earth shattering or revolutionary, this is a very well made and engrossing series. Very detailed and enjoyable to take in. I think PBS has a series to be extremely pleased with in this.
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