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The Founding Myth

Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American
Narrated by: Christopher Grove
Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
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Do "In God We Trust", the Declaration of Independence, and other historical "evidence" prove that America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles? Are the Ten Commandments the basis for American law? A constitutional attorney dives into the debate about religion's role in America's founding.   

In today's contentious political climate, understanding religion's role in American government is more important than ever. Christian nationalists assert that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and advocate an agenda based on this popular historical claim. But is this belief true? The Founding Myth answers the question once and for all. 

Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney at the Freedom from Religion Foundation, builds his case point by point, comparing the Ten Commandments to the Constitution and contrasting biblical doctrine with America's founding philosophy, showing that the Bible contradicts the Declaration of Independence's central tenets. Thoroughly researched, this persuasively argued and fascinating book proves that America was not built on the Bible and that Christian nationalism is, in fact, un-American.

©2019 Andrew L. Seidel; Foreword copyright 2019 Susan Jacoby (P)2019 Tantor

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Overflowing with historical information Countering the claim that America was founded Christian & should return to Christianity

Its almost impossible to choose a specific part, the entire book is so informative and valuable. I am learning so much from it. The amount of false historical information taught as fact to children in America breaks my heart, and blows my mind. I really like chapter seven. It’s important to correct the idea that Christianity is pure, good, has all the answers, and only Christians can be good and moral. This is not, and never was a Christian nation. Our secular government guarantees true freedom to all, not just a select few. Andrew L Seidel, and other like him, who are fighting the Christian nationalist hijacking of our great nation, are truly American patriots and hero’s, fighting to maintain freedom for all.

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Amazing book. Not a fan of the narrator.

As an adult who was indoctrinated into christian fundamentalism from birth, I feel like I've spent the last several years playing catch up on history and science. This book absolutely lays bare the lies that Christian nationalists depend on being true in order to perpetuate their brand of reality. I learned so many things that I would have never known otherwise, and got a much better grasp of many of the nebulous ideas of "church and state separation" and "religious freedom". I also really enjoyed the format he used; breaking down each commandment or Christian "virtue" and how it sits in conflict with American ideals.

I bought this book in both kindle and audible format so I could listen and go back to the text. My only criticism is that I was not a fan of the narrator's voice at all. Overall, every american citizen should read this book thoroughly, and with an open mind. Especially if you're a believer in the Christian God and the mythology of the christian founding.

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Scary and heartbreaking

Andrew’s book is a dive into the actual history of the United States. I shouldn’t be surprised that a group of people want to be in power but to use such underhanded techniques in disgusting. Read/listen to this book only if you want to know what’s been going on. Then educate yourself.

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An Important Work - Must Read

The Separation of State and Church has never been more important. This book details the myths surrounding historical fact and fiction. It’s an important read for both believers and non- believers to read. Thank you AS and FFRF for the work you do!

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You will learn something from this book

So detailed and filled with brilliant little nuggets of history. I will without a doubt be listening to this one again.

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Great book

highly educational. I really enjoyed it. I cannot believe how religion is getting away with this.

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An informative and important overview of Christian

Andrew Seidel's book is a critical overview of the framing of our Constitution, our country's secular foundation and the threat that Christian nationalism has been and will continue to be in our country. He exposes many convenient myths used and provides clear refutation to many Christian nationalist's arguments. Highly recommended.

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