Participants should complete all parts of the following assignment in order to receive credit:

1. Watch the third episode of PBS’s God In America, “A Nation Reborn” whichmaybe found here:

2. Answer the four (4) questionsposted in the Discussion Board marked withtoday’s date. Answers are due by Tuesday,November4th at 11:59p.

a. Each answer (to a question) shouldbe atleast100 wordsin length. Eachanswer should be scholarly in nature and based on your assessment fromwatching the film andthe coursetext. Please use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.


1. The "Battle Hymn of the Republic" can still be found in many church hymnals. Its words continue to be sung, and they are also heard in sermons and patriotic speeches. How do you think they speak to Americans today?

2. Themes of sacrifice and redemption were important during the Civil War. What did it mean then to understand death and suffering in a theological way? How and why did the war come to take on a transcendent meaning, or a "holy quality," as David Blight calls it?
3. In 1861, on the way to his inauguration in Washington, Lincoln said in a speech: "I am exceedingly anxious that this Union, the Constitution, and the liberties of the people shall be perpetuated in accordance with the original idea for which that struggle was made, and I shall be most happy indeed if I shall be an humble instrument in the hands of the Almighty, and of this, his almost chosen people, for perpetuating the object of that great struggle." What do you think he meant by "almost chosen people"?
4. Do you agree that America was and is a chosen nation, special in the eyes of God?

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