5 ways America changed God – In the beginning, most Christian theology held that God does not change. In reality, Americans' conception of the divine has altered quite a bit.
5 ways America changed God – Puritan pilgrims on their way to church, musket in tow. The Puritans arrived in Boston intoxicated by Manifest Destiny: the idea that God had chosen them and ordained their prosperity
5 ways America changed God – Historians say that British-born preacher George Whitefield was so popular that 80% of 18th -century Americans heard him preach. In contrast to the Puritans, Whitefield taught that God desires personal relationships with Christians.
5 ways America changed God – As Methodists and Baptists led America away from the reformed doctrine, they also directed worshipers' focus away from God the Father and toward Jesus, eventually making God's only son the "face" of Christian spirituality.
5 ways America changed God – In the decades after the Civil War, America's Jesus-focused Christianity led to John Nelson Darby's apocalyptic-heavy theology, dispensationalism.
5 ways America changed God – Evangelist Billy Graham speaks to 18,000 messengers in Dallas, June 13, 1974. Unrestrained by the limitations of a home church, Graham's God evolved into a deity that a variety of Americans wanted to know.