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Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America | [Steven Waldman]

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.
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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.

The spiritual custody battle over the Founding Fathers and the role of religion in America continues today. Waldman provocatively argues that neither side in the culture war has accurately depicted the true origins of the First Amendment. He sets the record straight, revealing the real history of religious freedom to be dramatic, unexpected, paradoxical, and inspiring.

©2008 Steven Waldman; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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    Michael Baton Rouge, LA, USA 06-28-08
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    Waldman gives a clear, enlightened insight into how the faith, politics and the personal beliefs of our founding fathers combined to bring us our unique form of religious freedom. He explains how the concept of the separation of church and state developed out of necessity as we came together as a nation. This is an easy listen that will change your view of the American Revolution.

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    William Murray North Rose, NY United States 04-05-09
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    This is my favorite book on one of my favorite subjects. These were great men and faith is the most important subject so what could be more interesting than finding out what the founding fathers believed? To know their faith will help when reading the founding documents and may be helpful to you in your personal faith. So what did Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Madison believe? Were they orthodox? We they unbelievers? Were they deists? If you read this book you will find out. I have read several other books on the subject but in my opinion this is the most enjoyable and the most accurate.

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    This book should be required reading by all American citizens.

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    I enjoyed this audio quite a bit. I felt it provided a balance point of view on the impact Religion had on our Founding Fathers. A very good listen.

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