Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America
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, argues Beliefnet.com editor in chief Steven Waldman. With refreshing objectivity, Waldman 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.
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In a petition to Parliament, one Puritan called the clergy "Dumme Dogs . . .
Destroying Drones, or rather ... While passing through Lancashire one day in
1618, he noticed that the Puritans had even prohibited sports and recreation. I-Ie
In spring 1630, ]ohn Winthrop, an influential Puritan, boarded the Arbella and
headed toward the New Israel. ... Like the Anglicans who settled in Virginia, the
Puritans in Massachusetts viewed church and state as fully entwined—a “I-Ioly ...
... in ci\iI elections. One Puritan named Robert Child suggested that the limitations
on the franchise and church membership be abolished. ... (Since the Puritans
tried to embody the compassion of Iesus, they did allow that any “]esuits" who
THE PURITAN NEW AGBR SOON AFTER BENIAMIN FRANKLIN 'WAS BORN IN
IANUARY 1706, HE was carried across ... Franklin's father, Iosiah, had come to
Massachusetts from England in 1683 in part to flee harassment of Puritans, but ...
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FOUNDING FAITH: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in AmericaUser Review - Kirkus
A sophisticated discussion of the role of religion in the American Republic's early years.Waldman, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the religion website Beliefnet.com, offers a book sure to displease ... Read full review
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Beliefnet.comThe Founders on God and Government or Jon Meacham's American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation will find a similar approach here. What makes this a priority ... Read full review
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