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KSU/OLLI- Religion in the Civil War Course with Michael Shaffer
March 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until April 23, 2020
Instructor: Michael Shaffer
Synopsis: Separation among various denominations served as a precursor to the eventual secession of eleven Southern states. Fracture in the Methodist Church occurred first, with that body dividing over the issue of slavery in 1845. Soon after, the Baptists formalized a separate Southern Baptist Convention. Within the Presbyterian Church, struggling over an ever-increasing divide that began in 1837, the church formally split along North-South lines in 1861. Despite the splintering of the churches before the American Civil War, religion had a profound impact on the leaders, officers, and soldiers. During this course, we will explore a war where both sides prayed to the same God. March 12, 19, 26 and April 23, 2020; four-week course, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m- Borderlands
Optional Textbook: While God Is Marching on: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers, Steven Woodworth, ISBN 978-0700612970. Register