Christianity In The 19th Century

Improved Essays
In the 1800s, Alexis de Tocqueville claimed that “There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America.” This was understandably true in the early nineteenth century. Even today, religion plays a significant role in laws and issues in our country. However, the truth of the matter often gets lost in the changes that our society has gone through. Many today end up rejecting or condemning Christianity as childish, old-fashioned, and even intolerant. The balance of religious spirit that has held us together and the declining value of Christianity often clash with each other. The statement made by Alexis holds true to some extent, and the obvious distrust of Christ today …show more content…
Countless missionaries, evangelical groups, large scale outreaches, overseas ministries, and other gospel groups are based in America. They often send American workers (along with other nationalities) to share Christ 's message with those countries who do not know Him. Compared to Hindu, Buddhist, or Islamic countries around the world, America appears one of the most Christian-looking. America produces and circulates more Bibles than many countries could ever imagine having. It is evident that many people in America own a Bible (or claim to own one), even if some do not actually study it. This gives huge impressions of Christianity. However, some real principles that the founding Americans held onto concerning religion still stick today. Most in America have a moral “conscience” which allows them to make humane decisions. Some have drifted away from conservative and compassionate thinking, but most hold onto some form of morality and “right and wrong”, which God created. The majority of Americans accept religion, even if they don 't believe in it, and do not desire to kill off people in their way. Many other countries or religious sects around the world seek blood and war, but it is safe to say that a good share of Americans will tolerate different religions and beliefs. Christians in America that truly have a heart for God are more prevalent than we sometimes think. As already mentioned, Christ-centered missions and preachers work hard to keep America 's integrity and love intact. We have great amounts of true believers in this country even if we fail to see it when things look

Related Documents

  • Great Essays

    The Worldviews of Christians The Christian worldview is one that many people around the world hold close to their hearts. This worldview is a view of love and hope and of redemption, and follows the teachings found in the Holy Bible as they are the Word of God. However, it has become apparent that some denominations don’t quite believe in the same foundations of the Christian worldview as others do. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, shares some core beliefs with this overall worldview but has its differences and many regard them as non-Christian because of it. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) is a religion that teaches the same teachings of love and hope and redemption but it teaches some things a little…

    • 1592 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Many events, people, or even ideas open doors for Christians to doubt and sometimes rebel against their own beliefs. The impact these doubts give Christians is something exhausting to work through on their own. I agree with Alice Cooper’s quote that being a Christian is tough, especially in today’s society. Examples being, tragedies occurring in our world today. Christian religions are blamed and the followers rebel against their beliefs.…

    • 892 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Colson has definitely challenged my opinions of God in government, but I still believe it would be messy to deal with at this time for our country. His views and mines both come from similar christian backgrounds and beliefs, but there are still differences. However, after reading his book and taking in his views I respect his boldness and way…

    • 735 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    My personal opinion is not that it hurts the religion itself, but more the appearance of it. Christianity has such a profound and long standing reputation, and upwards of 2 million followers, do I don’t see it having too much damage control to worry about. There are some that believe Evangelism is motivated by fear rather than love, and that it is unjust and unserving to God. When Evangelists are looking for conversion, some feel that they are using forms of scare tactics to do it. The thought here being that if you don 't assent to some fact or profess your love and belief in God that you will not be saved.…

    • 811 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The USA is full of different kinds of people, cultures, and religions which causes Globalization to be a big part of the United States. This country, at its core, is about tolerance of others so it is no surprise that there are so many different kinds of ideas. While history tells us that tolerance hasn’t been kept well, America is still a place where people from all over the world come to live and worship within their respective beliefs. Christianity isn’t the first religious group to spread its beliefs, but it is one of the best. At the core of every Christian denomination, spreading the gospel plays a key role.…

    • 786 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    William Coffin said that “The Christian right talks a lot about “traditional values” and “family values”. Almost always these values relate to personal rather than social morality. For the Christian right has trouble not only seeing love as the core value of personal life but even more trouble seeing love as the core value of our communal life” (Coffin 2004: 158). I think that Coffin said it well when you apply this quote to a church and politics view. I think that many religious people have these personal values that they believe to stem from their religion and they push it upon politics.…

    • 1948 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    Christian Fundamentalism

    • 1901 Words
    • 8 Pages

    Liberal Christianity vs Christian Fundamentalism There has always been a tension between those who have a liberal perspective and those who have a fundamentalist perspective on anything in life. This is for good reason, those with liberal views believe change is necessary and those with fundamentalist views believe that change is not. When you apply these two ways of thinking to a religious text such as the Christian Bible you get a separation within a religion. Between the two ways of thinking the Bible is one of the few things that does not change which is why it is the root of their separation. Although many forms of Christianity may seem to blend together, different Interpretations of religious text can greatly impact the beliefs and…

    • 1901 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Different than author Rodgers who has a positive view towards solidarity, he thinks this solidarity is worthless unless the Christians change their minds. He definitely seems to hold the most pessimistic view among all the authors. Julie Rodgers as an advocator for L.G.B.T. people in the church, and as part of the L.G.B.T. community is definitely more supportive than the rest authors.…

    • 1161 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Allowing religious exemptions raises the issue of how much influence religious ideals should have in American society. Proponents of Religious Liberty Bills suggest that they will allow for religious organizations not to be forced to do things against their “deeply held religious beliefs” (Bluestein). Nearly half of United States adults agree that businesses and individuals should be allowed that same right as well (Pew Research Center), but the remaining citizens believe these bills to provide added, almost unneeded, protection to religious organizations. Opponents to these bills anticipate that they will be used as a defense in many civil rights cases and will infringe upon the rights of minorities that are continually discriminated against (American Civil Liberties Union). As a consequence of these new religious bill proposals throughout the country, the American public’s perception of religion has gone down recently.…

    • 2219 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    It is a way for Americans to show patriotism and honor to one of America 's leading symbols. There have been many debates over the use of the word “God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, Although the word “God” can be used in many forms. There are many different points of view on what the word “God” actually means, most all religions have a form of God or something of a higher power that people give reverence to. So many people don 't mind the fact that the Pledge of Allegiance pertains the phrase “Under God”. However , there are a few groups of people that do not like the fact that the word “God” is used in the Pledge of Allegiance, these groups of people could include immigrants.…

    • 723 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays