Every civilization has its “creation story.” The American creation story typically begins with the Pilgrims stepping into the New World at Plymouth Rock to have religious freedom. Dissenters from the Anglican Church, they sought to practice their Christian faith as they wished and establish their “City on a Hill” as a beacon to all. Or so it is told and happily believed. Those who revere “traditional American history” fulminate at any variation on this story. But does the premise fit the reality? How important was religion in the founding of America? What religious beliefs sustained the colonists? In this class we will look at how religion plays into the narrative of the founding of the 13 American colonies and thus the impact on our cultural history.