Founding faith

providence, politics, and the birth of religious freedom in America

By Waldman, Steven D.

Publishers Summary:
The culture wars have distorted the dramatic story of how Americans came to worship freely. Author Waldman, cofounder of Beliefnet.com, argues that the United States was not founded as a "Christian nation," nor were the Founding Fathers uniformly secular or Deist. Rather, the Founders forged a new approach to religious liberty, a revolutionary formula that promoted faith--by leaving it alone. His narrative begins with early settlers' stunningly unsuccessful efforts to create a Christian paradise, and concludes with the presidencies of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison, during which the men who had devised lofty principles regarding the proper relationship between church and state struggled to practice what they'd preached.--From publisher description.

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ISBN
978-1-40006-437-3
Publisher
New York : Random House, c2008.


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Beliefnet.comThe Founders on God and Government or Jon Meacham's American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation will find a similar approach...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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