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The great American disappointment : an introduction to the Great Disappointment Theory as a way to explain the unique evolutionary processes of socially-guided religion by means of American civil religion.

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dc.contributor.advisor Ferdon, Douglas Robert, 1945-
dc.contributor.author Quillen, Ethan Gjerset.
dc.contributor.other Baylor University. American Studies Program. en
dc.date.copyright 2010-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2104/7944
dc.description.abstract America is unique when compared to the rest of the world for many reasons, but especially so for its religion. To this, as human beings evolve socially, in the same way animal species evolve in order to seek out variable fitness toward survival, their religion follows suit. This has been particularly so in the United States where absolute religious freedom makes way for one of three processes of evolution within the American church of civil religion. These three processes, atheism, fundamentalism and new religious movements, become the direction in which Americans evolve their religious beliefs in the wake of socially-guided religious disappointment. This Great Disappointment Theory, based on the results of William Miller's Great Disappointment in the 19th century, helps explain the means by which Americans, who act as individuals within an immigrant nation, are able to come together as a congregation within the American church of civil religion. en
dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission. en
dc.subject American civil religion. en
dc.subject Religious evolution. en
dc.subject The Great Disappointment. en
dc.subject Atheism. en
dc.subject Fundamentalism. en
dc.subject New religious movements. en
dc.subject Robert N. Bellah. en
dc.subject Ninian Smart. en
dc.subject John Scopes. en
dc.subject Hugh Hefner. en
dc.subject Glenn Beck. en
dc.subject Mormon. en
dc.subject Branch Davidian. en
dc.subject Scientology. en
dc.subject Two hyphenation system. en
dc.title The great American disappointment : an introduction to the Great Disappointment Theory as a way to explain the unique evolutionary processes of socially-guided religion by means of American civil religion. en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.degree M.A. en
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en
dc.contributor.department American Studies. en


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