Toward the end of the colonial era churchgoing reached at least 60 percent in all the colonies the middle colonies saw a mixture of religions including quakers who founded pennsylvania catholics lutherans a few jews and others the southern colonists were a mixture as well including baptists and anglicans. After independence their active diversity of faiths led americans to the groundbreaking idea that government should abandon the use of law to support any religious group and should instead guarantee free exercise of religion for everyone religion in american life explores the evolution character and dynamics of organized religion in america from 1500 to the present day written by distinguished religious historians these books weave together the varying stories that compose the religious . Religion in colonial america written by jon butler is the first section in the book religion in american life a shorty history by authors jon butler grant wacker and randall balmer religion in colonial america presents the religious atmosphere from the old world through the colonial period. Overall religion was an important aspect in the colonization of america it became a dominant part of the lives of the colonists and continued to grow over the years events such as the salem witchcraft trials of the 1690s and the great awakening of the 1730s only increased the influence of religion in america
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