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Title American gospel : God, the founding fathers, and the making of a nation / Jon Meacham.
Author Meacham, Jon.
Publication New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2007.
Edition 2007 Random House trade paperback edition.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 421 pages) : illustrations
text file
Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 359-387) and index.
Summary The American Gospel'literally, the good news about America'is that religion shapes our public life without controlling it. In this vivid book, New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham tells the human story of how the Founding Fathers viewed faith, and how they ultimately created a nation in which belief in God is a matter of choice. At a time when our country seems divided by extremism, American Gospel draws on the past to offer a new perspective. Meacham re-creates the fascinating history of a nation grappling with religion and politics'from John Winthrop's "city on a hill" sermon to Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence; from the Revolution to the Civil War; from a proposed nineteenth-century Christian Amendment to the Constitution to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s call for civil rights; from George Washington to Ronald Reagan. Debates about religion and politics are often more divisive than illuminating. Secularists point to a "wall of separation between church and state," while many conservatives act as though the Founding Fathers were apostles in knee britches. As Meacham shows in this brisk narrative, neither extreme has it right. At the heart of the American experiment lies the God of what Benjamin Franklin called "public religion," a God who invests all human beings with inalienable rights while protecting private religion from government interference. It is a great American balancing act, and it has served us well. Meacham has written and spoken extensively about religion and politics, and he brings historical authority and a sense of hope to the issue. American Gospel makes it compellingly clear that the nation's best chance of summoning what Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature" lies in recovering the spirit and sense of the Founding. In looking back, we may find the light to lead us forward.
Subject United States -- Religion.
United States -- History -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Religion and politics -- United States -- History.
Christianity and politics -- United States -- History.
National characteristics, American.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Political Advocacy.
History. (OCoLC)fst00958235
Genre Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc.
Related To Print version: 0812976665 (DLC) 2007280132 (OCoLC)86071897
ISBN 9781588365774 (electronic bk.)
1588365778 (electronic bk.)

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