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Author Waldman, Steven
Title Founding faith : providence, politics, and the birth of religious freedom in America / Steven Waldman
Imprint New York : Random House, c2008
Edition 1st ed
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 Adult Nonfiction  323.442 WAL     AVAILABLE
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Call # 323.442 WAL
Phys. Description xvi, 277 p. ; 25 cm
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. [209]-216) and index
Summary The culture wars have distorted the dramatic story of how Americans came to worship freely. Author Waldman, cofounder of, argues that the United States was not founded as a "Christian nation," nor were the Founding Fathers uniformly secular or Deist. Rather, the Founders forged a new approach to religious liberty, a revolutionary formula that promoted faith--by leaving it alone. His narrative begins with early settlers' stunningly unsuccessful efforts to create a Christian paradise, and concludes with the presidencies of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison, during which the men who had devised lofty principles regarding the proper relationship between church and state struggled to practice what they'd preached.--From publisher description
Subject Freedom of religion -- United States
United States -- Religion -- History
ISBN 9781400064373