Religion and Architecture in New York City
Religion has played an extremely important role in the history of the world, of the United States, and of New York City. It does not matter if you are religious, atheist, or agnostic: to understand history, you have to know about religion and the differences among faiths and denominations. For example, you can’t begin to understand the anti-slavery movement without knowing about evangelical Protestantism in the 19th century. And to understand the New York of today, you must understand how churches, synagogues, and mosques helped to give neighborhoods their distinct identities. In this course, we will look at the role of religion in New York history and in New York today, in part through the lens of the City’s religious landmarks. The focus will be on Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, as well as atheism. We will cover others, too, as the City today is more religiously diverse than ever.
You'll Walk Away with
- Greater familiarity with the differences among faiths and denominations
- An understanding of how religions have shaped New York City
- The curious and creative
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in between