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Was America Founded As a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction
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Publisher Westminster John Knox Pr
Publication date September 21, 2016
Pages 324
Binding Paperback
Edition Revised
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780664262495
ISBN-10 066426249X
Dimensions 0 by 6 by 9 in.
Original list price $30.00
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John Fea offers a thoroughly researched, evenhanded primer on whether America was founded to be a Christian nation, as many evangelicals assert, or a secular state, as others contend. He approaches the titles question from a historical perspective, helping readers see past the emotional rhetoric of today to the recorded facts of our past. This updated edition reports on the many issues that have arisen in recent years concerning religions place in American society—including the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, contraception and the Affordable Care Act, and state-level restrictions on abortion—and demonstrates how they lead us to the question of whether the United States was or is a Christian nation. Fea relates the history of these and other developments, pointing to the underlying questions of national religious identity inherent in each.

""We live in a sound-bite culture that makes it difficult to have any sustained dialogue on these historical issues,"" Fea writes in his preface. ""It is easy for those who argue that America is a Christian nation (and those who do not) to appear on radio or television programs, quote from one of the founders or one of the nations founding documents, and sway people to their positions. These kinds of arguments, which can often be contentious, do nothing to help us unravel a very complicated historical puzzle about the relationship between Christianity and America's founding.""



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Revised edition from Westminster John Knox Pr (September 21, 2016)
9780664262495 | details & prices | 324 pages | List price $30.00
About: John Fea offers a thoroughly researched, evenhanded primer on whether America was founded to be a Christian nation, as many evangelicals assert, or a secular state, as others contend.
from Westminster John Knox Pr (February 16, 2011)
9780664235048 | details & prices | 287 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $30.00
About: Fea offers an even-handed primer on whether America was founded to be a Christian nation, as many evangelicals assert, or a secular state, as others contend.

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