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One-Day Seminars: Religion, Science and Politics, 1870-1930 hosted at the Ashbrook Center (Ashland, OH)

October 24, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

This seminar, led by Dr. David Tucker, examines the Protestant synthesis that influenced American life and politics into the late nineteenth century and its collapse into the modernist-fundamentalist controversy of the first decades of the 20th century. The synthesis combined religion, science and the Declaration of Independence to explain the historical significance of the United States and to guide and energize various political movements, including abolitionism and temperance. According to the synthesis, moral, political and scientific progress went hand in hand. As the Protestant synthesis fell apart, Protestantism split into fundamentalist and modernist camps. The fundamentalists adhered to the moral and political aspects of the Protestant synthesis, particularly because they saw the changes in American society in the first decades of the twentieth century as evidence not of moral progress but of moral decline. The modernists adhered to the scientific aspects of the synthesis. They thus continued to be proponents of progress, arguing in some cases that revelation was itself progressive and still, in fact, ongoing. For these progressives, the supreme virtue was tolerance, which they accused the fundamentalists of lacking. The modern-fundamentalist split continues to characterize American politics, as well as religion.

This program is hosted at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University.

Access the electronic agenda and reading packet here.


Want to attend, but registration is already closed?¬†Please contact Michelle Murray at [email protected] to inquire if there is still space¬†for this program.


October 24, 2015
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
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