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

Author: Steven Waldman
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Recording for Blind & Dyslexic, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The culture wars have distorted the dramatic story of how Americans came to worship freely. Many activists on the right maintain that the United States was founded as a "Christian nation." Many on the left contend that the Founders were secular or Deist and that the First Amendment was designed to boldly separate church and state throughout the land. None of these claims are true ... [This book] narrates the real  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Waldman
OCLC Number: 263688035
Notes: Originally published: New York : Random House, ©2008.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Introduction --
Christian America, settlers try to plant Protestantism as the official faith, and fail --
Benjamin Franklin, the Puritan New Ager --
Evangelical revolution, a cross-eyed preacher fuels the drive for independence and religious freedom --
John Adams, the angry Unitarian --
Godly roots of rebellion, fear of Anglicans and Catholics helps cause the American Revolution --
George Washington, protected by God --
Holy war, George Washington uses religious tolerance, and appeals to God, to win the War of Independence --
Thomas Jefferson, the pious infidel --
Nature's God meets the supreme judge, the Declaration of Independence and the God compromise --
James Madison, the radical pluralist --
"Diabolical persecution, " a wave of bigotry in Madison's backyard changes history --
Mighty current of freedom, after independence, the states begin wrenching themselves from the old church-state models --
Forgetting the "powerful friend," the founders reject 150 years of history --
First Amendment compromise, building a wall that looks good from all sides --
Practicing what they preached, the first presidencies bring inspiring rhetoric, dirty politics, and sharp disagreement among the Founders --
Friends in heaven, the Founders end their spiritual journeys and prepare to continue the conversation in the next life --
They were right --
Notes.
Responsibility: Steven Waldman.

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The culture wars have distorted the dramatic story of how Americans came to worship freely. Many activists on the right maintain that the United States was founded as a "Christian nation." Many on the left contend that the Founders were secular or Deist and that the First Amendment was designed to boldly separate church and state throughout the land. None of these claims are true ... [This book] narrates the real story of how our nation's Founders forged a new approach to religious liberty, a revolutionary formula that promoted faith - by leaving it alone.-Dust jacket.

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