Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? A Historical Introduction

ISBN-10: 0664235042
ISBN-13: 9780664235048
Edition: 2011
Authors: John Fea
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Description: 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. He approaches the title's question from a historical perspective, helping readers see past  More...

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 2/16/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

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. He approaches the title's question from a historical perspective, helping readers see past the emotional rhetoric of today to the recorded facts of our past. Readers on both sides of the issues will appreciate that this book occupies a middle ground, noting the good points and the less-nuanced arguments of both sides and leading us always back to the primary sources that our shared American history comprises.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: How to Think Historically
The Search for a Usable Past
What Do Historians Do?
The United States is a Christian Nation: The History of an Idea
Evangelical America, 1789-1865
Christian Nationalism in the Early Republic
The Election of 1800
Whig Christian Nationalism
A Christian Nation in Print
Christian Nationalism in the Civil War North
Christian Nationalism and the Confederate States of America
Evangelicals, Liberals, and Christian America, 1865-1925
A Christian Amendment to the Constitution
An Evangelical Alliance: 1873
Fundamentalism and Christian Civilization
Liberal Protestantism and Christian America
The Supreme Court and the Church of the Holy Trinity Case
Christian America in a Modern Age, 1925-1980
The Persistence of the Evangelical Pursuit of a Christian Nation
Mainline Protestantism and Christian America
Catholic Resurgence
The Revival of Christian America: The 1950s
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Vision for a Christian Nation
The Religious Right and Christian Nationalism
History for the Faithful: The Contemporary Defenders of Christian America
Providence
Christian Whig History
The Founders and Christian Belief
Religion and the Constitution
Revisionism
Suggested Reading for Part One
Was the American Revolution A Christian Event?
Were the British Colonies Christian Societies?
"Planting" versus "Founding"
Jamestown
Massachusetts Bay
Christianity and the Coming of the American Revolution
A Snapshot of the British-American Colonies in 1763
The Stamp Act Crisis-1765
The Stamp Act Crisis-1765
The Townshend Duties
The Tea Act and the Boston Tea Party
The Coercive Acts
The First Continental Congress
The Revolutionary Pulpit
Whig Sermons
A Biblical Argument for Revolution
Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2
The Revolution as a "Just War"
Nature's God: Is the Declaration of Independence a Christian Document?
Religion and the Continental Congress
The Declaration of Independence and "Original Intent"
God and the Declaration of Independence
Religion in the Critical Period
Religion and the Articles of Confederation
Virginia and the Quest for Religious Liberty
Massachusetts and Religious Establishment
Other States
A "Godless Constitution"?
The "Need" for a Constitution
Religion and the Constitution
Slavery and the Constitution
The Federalist
God and the Ratification Debate
Religion and the States: The "Federalist" Interpretation of the Constitution
Religion and the First Amendment
A Wall of Separation between Church and State?
Suggested Reading for Part Two
The Religious Beliefs of the Founders
Did George Washington Pray at Valley Forge?
Providence
Church Involvement
Washington's Beliefs
Washington's Faith in Practice
Communion
Morality, Ethics, and Public Religion
Religious Freedom
John Adams: Devout Unitarian
Adams and Christian Orthodoxy
Clergy, Catholics, and Calvinists
Religion, America, and the Public Good
Thomas Jefferson: Follower of Jesus
The Intelligent Creator
Follower of Jesus
Jefferson and His Bibles
Religious Freedom
The Dilemma of Slavery
Benjamin Franklin: Ambitious Moralist
A Puritan Childhood
Was Franklin a Deist?
A Religion of Virtue
Franklin's Failures
The Religion of the American Dream
What about Witherspoon? Three Orthodox Founders
John Witherspoon: Presbyterian Patriot
John Jay: Christian Providentialist
Samuel Adams: Puritan Republican
Suggested Reading for Part Three
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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