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Inventing a Christian America : the myth of the religious founding

Author: Steven K Green
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Among the most enduring themes in American history is the idea that the United States was founded as a Christian nation. A pervasive narrative in everything from school textbooks to political commentary, it is central to the way in which many Americans perceive the historical legacy of their nation. Yet, as Steven K. Green shows in this illuminating new book, it is little more than a myth. In Inventing a Christian  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven K Green
ISBN: 9780190230975 0190230975 0190675225 9780190675226
OCLC Number: 893455413
Description: xi, 295 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Christian nation debate, methodological fallacies, and the role of myths --
A haven for religious freedom --
A model for Christian and civil government --
The revolutionary and constitutional impulse --
A government of men --
The birth of a myth --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Steven K. Green.
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