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Was America founded as a Christian nation? : a historical introduction

Author: John Fea
Publisher: Louisville, Ky. : Westminster John Knox Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Explores the question of whether America was founded as a Christian nation, discussing what it means to think historically, examining the history of the idea that the United States is a Christian nation, exploring the relationship between Christianity and the coming of the American Revolution, and investigating the specific religious beliefs of the founders.
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Genre/Form: Church history
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Fea
ISBN: 9780664235048 0664235042
OCLC Number: 657223892
Description: xxvii, 287 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: how to think historically --
pt. 1. The United States is a Christian nation : the history of idea --
Evangelical America, 1789-1865 --
Evangelicals, liberals, and Christian America, 1865-1925 --
Christian America in a modern age, 1925-1980 --
History for the faithful : the contemporary defenders of Christian America --
pt. 2. Was the American Revolution a Christian event? --
Were the British colonies Christian societies? --
Christianity and the coming of the American Revolution --
The Revolutionary pulpit --
Nature's God : is the Declaration of Independence a Christian document? --
Religion in the critical period --
A "godless constitution"? --
pt. 3. The religious beliefs of the founders --
Did George Washington pray at Valley Forge? --
John Adams : devout Unitarian --
Thomas Jefferson : follower of Jesus --
Benjamin Franklin : ambitious moralist --
What about Witherspoon? : three Orthodox founders.
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Fea offers an evenhanded primer on whether America was founded to be a Christian nation, as many evangelicals assert, or a secular state, as others contend.  Read more...
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"Should be the last word for all who would claim America as a Christian nation... Deserves to be widely read." Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School, coauthor of Resident Aliens (with Will Willimon) Read more...

 
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