State of BeliefTodays Show: God, Government & The Constitution.....Sun Jul 2, 2006 19:44
Today's Show - July 2nd
by Isaac-Davy Aronson on July 2, 2006 - 4:16pm
A special edition for the July 4th weekend: Religion and the Founding Fathers! Welton explores our founders' attitudes toward religion and state with:
Jon Meacham, author of American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR "AMERICAN GOSPEL"
"Jon Meacham has given us an insightful and eloquent account of the spiritual foundation of the early days of the American Republic. It is especially instructive reading at a time when the nation is at once engaged and deeply divided on the question of religion and its place in public life." —Tom Brokaw
"In his American Gospel, Jon Meacham provides a refreshingly clear, balanced and wise historical portrait of religion and American politics at exactly the moment when such fairness and understanding are much needed. Anyone who doubts the relevance of history to our own time has only to read this exceptional book." —David McCullough
"An absorbing narrative full of vivid characters and fresh thinking, Jon Meacham's brilliantly lucid, passionately argued book offers a clear vision of the relationship of religion and politics in the United States: the good news about America, Meacham writes, is that 'God is central to this country's experience, but faith is a matter of choice, not coercion.' For me this book was nonstop reading." —Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion, Princeton University, and author of Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
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