American gospel : God, the founding fathers, and the making of a nation / Jon Meacham ; [with a new afterword by the author].
- ISBN: 9781588365774 (electronic bk.)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
- Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2007.
|General Note:|| "A Random House trade paperback"--P. 4 of cover.
|Summary, etc.:|| Author Meacham tells the human story of how the Founding Fathers viewed faith, and how they ultimately created a nation in which belief in God is a matter of choice. At a time when our country seems divided by extremism, this book draws on the past to offer a new perspective. Meacham re-creates the history of a nation grappling with religion and politics--from John Winthrop's "city on a hill" sermon to Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence; from a proposed nineteenth-century Christian Amendment to the Constitution to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s call for civil rights; from George Washington to Ronald Reagan. At the heart of the American experiment lies what Benjamin Franklin called "public religion," a God who invests all human beings with inalienable rights while protecting private religion from government interference. It is a great American balancing act, and it has served us well.--From publisher description.
|Reproduction Note:|| Electronic reproduction. New York Random House Publishing Group 2007 Available via World Wide Web.
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