Founding faith: providence, politics, and the birth of religious freedom in America

322.44 W164f 2009

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Founding faith: providence, politics, and the birth of religious freedom in America

Waldman, Steven

New York Random House 2008

277 p. 25 cm.

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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:

978-1-40006437-3

ISBN:

978-1-40006437-3 (alk. paper)

LC Call No:

BL640 .W35 2008

Dewey Class No:

323.44/2097309033 22

Author:

Waldman, Steven

Title:

Founding faith: providence, politics, and the birth of religious freedom in America Steven Waldman.

Edition:

1st edition

Publisher:

New York Random House 2008

Physical:

277 p. 25 cm.

BibliogrphyNote:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [209]-216) and index.

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.

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.

Subject:

Freedom of religion--United States

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