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Was America founded as a Christian nation? : a historical introduction (edition 2011)

by John Fea

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Title:Was America founded as a Christian nation? : a historical introduction
Authors:John Fea
Info:Louisville, Ky. : Westminster John Knox Press, c2011.
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This book was a very even handed look at both sides of this question. It is very well documented with both source documents and related contextual information. The author does not attempt to answer the question. In fact, Fea suggests that the problem with this question is the question itself. He suggests that many who argue either side of the question are seeking to establish an agenda that requires a simple answer. The answers to the question are very complex. Fea does an outstanding job of research and documentation and explores the question from various perspectives, including, what was the purpose of the revolution, how is God included in early documentation and culture and finally exploring the faith beliefs of our founding fathers. Fea comes as close as any historian that I have read to exploring this question without bias and his book is very readable. ( )
  Al-G | Dec 22, 2012 |
Fea, a professor at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, has done a good job presenting a balanced view of his topic in a readable manner. He has taken a look at various founding fathers, their personal religious views, comparing them to others in similar places and times, and seeing how it influenced their lives. He has also taken a look at whether it was their intent for America to be a Christian nation or not. His use of extensive sources is evident. I think that his conclusion of no conclusion makes it a perfect book to provide for discussion among college students and other groups interested in the subject. Some may criticize that he did not take a side in the argument, but the fact that he did not sets this apart from other studies of the subject, leaving the reader to make his own conclusion based on the evidence presented as well as additional study. ( )
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Explores the question of whether America was founded as a Christian nation, discussing what it means to think historically, examining the history of the idea that the United States is a Christian nation, exploring the relationship between Christianity and the coming of the American Revolution, and investigating the specific religious beliefs of the founders.… (more)

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