Church History

10 GREAT IDEAS FROM CHURCH HISTORY

$16.00
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9780830816811

1001 SUPRISING THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW AB

$12.99

Did you know that before clocks became common, many European churches placed an hourglass at the front of the sanctuary to time the sermon? Or that the second-century church read from a book that was supposedly authored by the apostle Peter but was later rejected as forgery? These are two of the many revealing facts in "1,001 Surprising Things You Should Know about Christianity." This lively and accessible introduction to church history and other topics is comprised of excerpts, quotations, and detailed descriptions of things that make up Christendom. Little-known facts are presented alongside engaging explanations of the well-known aspects of Christianity. These often-humorous tidbits cover culture, people, sayings, creeds and debates, churches, art and music, crusades, revivals, and more. Citations are long enough to fully explain matters but short enough for busy readers to enjoy. Drawings and black-and-white photographs complement the text. "1,001 Surprising Things You Should Know about Christianity" is designed for everyone who enjoys history, theology, and interesting facts about the faith. It is an excellent impulse purchase that can be shared with families, classrooms, and Bible study groups -- or simply perused for the fun of it!

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9780801063947
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2002-02-28
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101 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON EASTERN CATHOLIC CHURCHES

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Offers an introductory look at the the theology, practices and structures of the Eastern Catholic Churches.

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9780809144419
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2007-02-28
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101 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON POPES AND THE PAPACY

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$16.95

Informative, intelligent, and readable, this book provides a quick resource to questions on all things papal for students, general readers, and the media.

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9780809145164
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2008-04-30
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101 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON THE CHURCH

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Touches on every major aspect of the mystery of the Church, its nature, mission, ministries and structures.

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9780809142507
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2003-09-30
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101 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON VATICAN II

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An informative and accessible guide to everything you want to know about Vatican II.

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9780809141333
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2002-12-31
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101 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON THE CRUSADES AND THE INQUISITION: DISPUTED QUESTIONS

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The Crusades and the Inquisition, two separate historical events, are more closely related than most people realize. It is no accident that the Inquisition followed quickly on the heels of the Crusades, just as it is no coincidence that the Crusades as well as the Inquisition have been greatly misunderstood over the centuries, with popular historians focusing on and, indeed, exaggerating the "atrocities" committed by Christian armies and Inquisitors. Recent research has reversed many of these misconceptions, and the results will be enlightening to anyone curious about this much-disputed period in Christian history. In this unique book, which combines discussion of both events and shows how they are related, Fr. John Vidmar, OP, offers a magisterial synthesis of the latest research and brings his own extensive knowledge as a historian of this era to provide an accessible, eminently readable book that will be indispensable to students and average readers alike.

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9780809148042
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2013-04-30
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101 SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT CHURCH HISTORY

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Think you really know Church History? Think Again
The Catholic Church is the longest-standing and the most universal of all institutions. The contributions made by Catholic men and women over the past 2000 years are most impressive, from a properly functioning calendar to the inventions of many things that we all take for granted today.
In 101 Surprising Facts About Church History, Fr. Meconi, SJ walks readers through the most amazing achievements of Christ's Body on earth. From economic and mercantile developments to scientific and astronomical advances, from the cataloging of zoological and botanical species to the cherishing of beautiful music and fine arts, Fr. Meconi shows you why the Catholic Church stands as the greatest promoter of human culture and knowledge.

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9781618907332
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2016-11-27
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1950 CROSSROADS OF AMERICAN RELIGIOUS L

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The year 1950 saw the height of the postwar religious boom in America and also the depths of the Cold War. It was a year when religious enthusiasm and postwar affluence coexisted with anxiety about global communism and an ever-present nuclear threat. McCarthyism, the advent of the hydrogen bomb, and the onset of the Korean War provoked ardent and diverse responses from religious leaders and occasioned lively debate in flourishing religious journalism.

Robert Ellwood's 1950 is a cultural time capsule, recovering the impetus for many of today's trends, remembering endings and beginnings, and documenting many other developments in American religious life of fifty years ago. It highlights the parallels and divergences between religious culture then and now.

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9780664258139
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2000-04-30

50 YEARS RECEIVING VATICAN II A PERSONAL ODYSSEY

$42.95

This collection of his writings, old and new, tells the story of Liverpool priest Kevin Kelly's struggle to be faithful to the teachings of Vatican II, learning from experience and discerning the call of God's Spirit in people's lives. Many today are concerned that the Church is losing touch with the Vatican II agenda. This book reminds us that the task of receiving Vatican II is far from complete.

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9781856077774
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2012-10-31
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AA-1025: MEMOIRS OF ANTI APOSTLE

$7.50

Absorbing and compelling reading from beginning to end, AA -1025 Memoirs of the Communist Infiltration Into the Church is a must read for every Catholic today and for all who would understand just what has happened to the Catholic Church since the 1960's.

In the 1960's, a French nurse, Marie Carre, attended an auto-crash victim who was brought into her hospital in a city she purposely does not name. The man lingered there near death for a few hours and then died. He had no identification on him, but he had a briefcase in which there was a set of quasi-autobiographical notes. She kept these notes and read them, and because of their extraordinary content, decided to publish them.

The result is this little book, AA-1025 Memoirs of the Communist Infiltration Into the Church, a strange and fascinating account of a Communist who purposely entered the Catholic priesthood along with many others, with the intent to subvert and destroy the Church from within. His strange yet fascinating and illuminating set of biographical notes, tells of his commission to enter the priesthood, his experiences in the seminary, and the means and methods he used and promoted to help effect from within the auto-dissolution of the Catholic Church.

No one will read this book without a profound assent that something just like what is describer here must surely have happened on a wide scale in order to have disrupted the life of the Catholic Church so dramatically.

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9780895554499
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1972-04-30
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ABSOLUTE MONARCHS: A HISTORY OF THE PAPACY

$30.00

Critical praise for ABSOLUTE MONARCHS
""Absolute Monarchs" sprawls across Europe and the Levant, over two millenniums, and with an impossibly immense cast: 265 popes, feral hordes of Vandals, Huns and Visigoths, expansionist emperors, Byzantine intriguers, Borgias and Medicis, heretic zealots, conspiring clerics, bestial inquisitors and more. Norwich manages to organize this crowded stage and produce a rollicking narrative. He keeps things moving at nearly beach-read pace."
--Bill Keller, "New York Times" Book Review, Cover review
"Renowned historian Norwich offers a rollicking account of the men who held the papal office, their shortcomings and their virtues, and the impact of the papacy on world history. He conducts us masterfully on a tour of the lives of the popes from Peter to Benedict XVI. . . . Entertaining and deeply researched, Norwich's history offers a wonderful introduction to papal lives."
--Publishers Weekly
"Historian, travel writer, and television documentarian Norwich presents an excellent, often surprising history of that 2,000-year-old institution....he focuses on political history as he traces the evolution of the papacy as an institution, while at the same time providing entertaining profiles of the most historically significant popes....An outstanding historical survey."
--Booklist
"When Norwich writes, I read; this member of the House of Lords is a notable and engrossing historian, perhaps best known for his monumental study of Byzantium. Here he offers a history of the nearly two-millennia-old papacy that should be popular with many readers."
--Library Journal
"A spirited, concise chronicle of the accomplishments of the most noteworthy popes. . . . Norwich doesn't skirt controversies, ancient and present, in this broad, clear-eyed assessment."
--Kirkus Reviews
A SWEEPING CHRONICLE OF ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT--AND CONTROVERSIAL--INSTITUTIONS IN HISTORY
With the papacy embattled in recent years, it is essential to have the perspective of one of the world's most accomplished historians. In "Absolute Monarchs," John Julius Norwich captures nearly two thousand years of inspiration and devotion, intrigue and scandal. The men (and maybe one woman) who have held this position of infallible power over millions have ranged from heroes to rogues, admirably wise to utterly decadent. Norwich, who knew two popes and had private audiences with two others, recounts in riveting detail the histories of the most significant popes and what they meant politically, culturally, and socially to Rome and to the world.
Norwich presents such brave popes as Innocent I, who in the fifth century successfully negotiated with Alaric the Goth, an invader civil authorities could not defeat, and Leo I, who two decades later tamed (and perhaps paid off) Attila the Hun. Here, too, are the scandalous figures: Pope Joan, the mythic woman said (without any substantiation) to have been elected in 855, and the infamous "pornocracy," the five libertines who were descendants or lovers of Marozia, debauched daughter of one of Rome's most powerful families.
"Absolute Monarchs" brilliantly portrays reformers such as Pope Paul III, "the greatest pontiff of the sixteenth century," who reinterpreted the Church's teaching and discipline, and John XXIII, who in five short years starting in 1958 "opened up the church to the twentieth century," instituting reforms that led to Vatican II. Norwich brings the story to the present day with Benedict XVI, who is coping with a global priest sex scandal.
Epic and compelling, "Absolute Monarchs" is the astonishing story of some of history's most revered and reviled figures, men who still cast light and shadows on the Vatican and the world today.

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9781400067152
Publication Date: 
2011-07-11
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ABSOLUTE MONARCHS: A HISTORY OF THE PAPACY

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"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
In a chronicle that captures nearly two thousand years of inspiration and intrigue, John Julius Norwich recounts in riveting detail the histories of the most significant popes and what they meant politically, culturally, and socially to Rome and to the world. Norwich presents such popes as Innocent I, who in the fifth century successfully negotiated with Alaric the Goth, an invader civil authorities could not defeat; Leo I, who two decades later tamed (and perhaps paid off) Attila the Hun; the infamous "pornocracy"--the five libertines who were descendants or lovers of Marozia, debauched daughter of one of Rome's most powerful families; Pope Paul III, "the greatest pontiff of the sixteenth century," who reinterpreted the Church's teaching and discipline; John XXIII, who in five short years starting in 1958 instituted reforms that led to Vatican II; and Benedict XVI, who is coping with today's global priest sex scandal. Epic and compelling, "Absolute Monarchs" is an enthralling history from "an enchanting and satisfying raconteur" ("The Washington Post").

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9780812978841
Publication Date: 
2012-04-30
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ABSOLUTENESS OF CHRISTIANITY AND THE HISTORY OF RELIGIONS

$29.95

In this seminal work, pioneering theologian Ernst Troeltsch raises the question, how can we pass beyond the diversity with which history presents us to norms for our faith and for our judgments about life? He trenchantly probes the issue of how one religion--when viewed historically in the context of other world religions--can be universally and absolutely true. Though many others since have explored the issue of historical relativism and religious truth, few have done so with Troeltsch's determination and incisiveness, and for this he has made a lasting contribution to Christian theology and the philosophy of religion. The questions Troeltsch poses in this book remain utterly significant for the thoughtful Christian today. This reissue of a well-known classic includes a foreword by theological titan James Luther Adams.

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9780664230166
Publication Date: 
2006-01-15

AD 33 THE YEAR THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

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$44.00

How did Jesus shape history? In AD 33 an obscure religious teacher died a criminal's death in a distant outpost of the Roman Empire Yet this was an event with world-changing consequences What was the world like in that momentous year? Colin Duriez's compelling book brings to life events in the Roman Empire and beyond

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9780830833962
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2006-12-31
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AFFIRMING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

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$9.95
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9780818913136
Publication Date: 
2010-04-30

AFTER VATICAN II TRAJECTORIES AND HERMENEUTICS

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$40.00

Since the closing of Vatican II (1962-1965) nearly fifty years ago, several multivolume studies have detailed how the bishops at the council debated successive drafts and finally approved the sixteen documents published as the proceedings of the council. However, opinions vary, sometimes sharply, about the implications of Vatican II. This volume explores the major flashpoints.
Contributors
John Connelly
Massimo Faggioli
James L. Heft
M. Cathleen Kaveny
Joseph A. Komonchak
John O'Malley
Francis A. Sullivan
Darlene Fozard Weaver
Robin Darling Young

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9780802867315
Publication Date: 
2012-07-31

ALL THINGS GIVE GOD GLORY

$33.95

An anthology of Catholic writings that include material, ranging from St Augustine to Ruth Burrows, and words of encouragement. The writers, including Napoleon and Albert Einstein, are mainly drawn from the Catholic tradition. The Introduction explains the origins of the anthology, while the Foreword describes its style, content and ethos.

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9780860124153
Publication Date: 
2005-11-30
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AMERICAN AND CATHOLIC

$11.95
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9780867161755
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1992-12-11
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AMERICAN AND CATHOLIC STORIES OF THE PEOPLE WHO BUILT THE CHURCH

$19.99

The Catholic Church in America was built in the missions of the West, the slums of New York, and the heartland of the Midwest by ordinary believers forging extraordinary lives. C. Walker Gollar tells their stories, which become the story of the Church.
"American and Catholic" tackles difficult topics such as slavery, the treatment of Native Americans, martyrdom, the role of women, and immigration in a balanced and nuanced way. From the time of the first European explorers to the twenty-first century, it offers glimpses into the long, sometimes painful, and always changing life of the Church in the United States.
The book includes illustrations, maps, and photographs, a comprehensive bibliography, questions for discussion, and an index."

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9781616368784
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2015-07-31
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AMERICAN CATHOLIC

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Before the potato famine ravaged Ireland in the 1840s, the Roman Catholic Church was barely a thread in the American cloth. Twenty years later, New York City was home to more Irish Catholics than Dublin. Today, the United States boasts some 60 million members of the Catholic Church, which has become one of this country's most influential cultural forces.

In "American Catholic: The Saints and Sinners Who Built America's Most Powerful Church," Charles R. Morris recounts the rich story of the rise of the Catholic Church in America, bringing to life the personalities that transformed an urban Irish subculture into a dominant presence nationwide. Here are the stories of rogues and ruffians, heroes and martyrs -- from Dorothy Day, a convert from Greenwich Village Marxism who opened shelters for thousands, to Cardinal William O'Connell, who ran the Church in Boston from a Renaissance palazzo, complete with golf course. Morris also reveals the Church's continuing struggle to come to terms with secular, pluralist America and the theological, sexual, authority, and gender issues that keep tearing it apart. As comprehensive as it is provocative, "American Catholic" is a tour de force, a fascinating cultural history that will engage and inform both Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

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9780679742210
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1998-09-30
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AMERICAN CATHOLIC REVOLUTION

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In the 1960s, the Second Vatican Council enacted the most sweeping changes the Catholic Church had seen in centuries. In readable and compelling prose, Mark S. Massa tells the story of the cultural war these changes ignited in the United States - a war that is still being waged today.
Suddenly, one Sunday, the mass as the faithful had always known it was different, and so was the Church they had believed was timeless and unchanging. Once the Church opened the door to change, Massa argues, it could not be closed again. Skirmishes broke out over the proper way to worship. Soon, Catholics were bitterly divided over birth control, abortion, celibacy, female priests, and the authority of the Church itself.
As he narrates these turbulent events, Massa takes us beyond stereotypes of liberals and conservatives, offering new insights into the last fifty years of American Catholicism.

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9780199734122
Publication Date: 
2010-08-31

AMERICAN CATHOLICS TODAY

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$28.95

The Catholic Church has had a tumultuous recent history, in the wake of the election of a new pope and sex abuse scandals, and the views of Catholic lay people have not stood untouched. What are the effects of these events upon Catholics' beliefs? How do beliefs of older and younger generations of Catholics differ? Using key Gallup surveys from 1987 to 2005, this book reveals a rift between Catholics born before and after Vatican II and suggests that the future will find more Catholics making decisions about their own faith and fewer who are fervently committed to church life. This discussion is vital to anyone concerned with American Catholicism and its future.

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9780742552159
Publication Date: 
2007-03-01

AMERICAN GOSPEL

$15.95

The American Gospel literally, the good news about America is that religion shapes our public life without controlling it. In this vivid book, New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham tells the human story of how the Founding Fathers viewed faith, and how they ultimately created a nation in which belief in God is a matter of choice.
At a time when our country seems divided by extremism, American Gospel draws on the past to offer a new perspective. Meacham re-creates the fascinating history of a nation grappling with religion and politics from John Winthrop s city on a hill sermon to Thomas Jefferson s Declaration of Independence; from the Revolution to the Civil War; from a proposed nineteenth-century Christian Amendment to the Constitution to Martin Luther King, Jr. s call for civil rights; from George Washington to Ronald Reagan.
Debates about religion and politics are often more divisive than illuminating. Secularists point to a wall of separation between church and state, while many conservatives act as though the Founding Fathers were apostles in knee britches. As Meacham shows in this brisk narrative, neither extreme has it right. At the heart of the American experiment lies the God of what Benjamin Franklin called public religion, a God who invests all human beings with inalienable rights while protecting private religion from government interference. It is a great American balancing act, and it has served us well.
Meacham has written and spoken extensively about religion and politics, and he brings historical authority and a sense of hope to the issue. American Gospel makes it compellingly clear that the nation s best chance of summoning what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature lies in recovering the spirit and sense of the Founding. In looking back, we may find the light to lead us forward.
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, author of 1776
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 in and deeply divided on the question of religion and its place in public life. Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation
An absorbing narrative full of vivid characters and fresh thinking, American Gospel tells how the Founding Fathers and their successors struggled with their own religious and political convictions to work out the basic structure for freedom of religion. For me this book was nonstop reading. Elaine Pagels, professor of religion, Princeton University, author of Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
Jon Meacham is one of our country s most brilliant thinkers about religion s impact on American society. In this scintillating and provocative book, Meacham reveals the often-hidden influence of religious belief on the Founding Fathers and on later generations of American citizens and leaders up to our own. Today, as we argue more strenuously than ever about the proper place of religion in our politics and the rest of American life, Meacham s important book should serve as the touchstone of the debate.
Michael Beschloss, author of The Conquerors
At a time when faith and freedom seem increasingly polarized, American Gospel recovers our vital center the middle ground where, historically, religion and public life strike a delicate balance. Well researched, well written, inspiring, and persuasive, this is a welcome addition to the literature. Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University, author of American Judaism: A History

From the Hardcover edition."

ISBN/SKU: 
9780812976663
Publication Date: 
2007-03-19
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AMERICAN GOSPEL

$23.95

The American Gospel-literally, the good news about America-is that religion shapes our public life without controlling it. In this vivid book, New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham tells the human story of how the Founding Fathers viewed faith, and how they ultimately created a nation in which belief in God is a matter of choice.
At a time when our country seems divided by extremism, American Gospel draws on the past to offer a new perspective. Meacham re-creates the fascinating history of a nation grappling with religion and politics-from John Winthrop's "city on a hill" sermon to Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence; from the Revolution to the Civil War; from a proposed nineteenth-century Christian Amendment to the Constitution to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s call for civil rights; from George Washington to Ronald Reagan.
Debates about religion and politics are often more divisive than illuminating. Secularists point to a "wall of separation between church and state," while many conservatives act as though the Founding Fathers were apostles in knee britches. As Meacham shows in this brisk narrative, neither extreme has it right. At the heart of the American experiment lies the God of what Benjamin Franklin called "public religion," a God who invests all human beings with inalienable rights while protecting private religion from government interference. It is a great American balancing act, and it has served us well.
Meacham has written and spoken extensively about religion and politics, and he brings historical authority and a sense of hope to the issue. American Gospel makes it compellingly clear that the nation's best chance of summoning what Lincolncalled "the better angels of our nature" lies in recovering the spirit and sense of the Founding. In looking back, we may find the light to lead us forward.
"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, author of 1776
"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 in and deeply divided on the question of religion and its place in public life."-Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation
"An absorbing narrative full of vivid characters and fresh thinking, American Gospel tells how the Founding Fathers-and their successors-struggled with their own religious and political convictions to work out the basic structure for freedom of religion. For me this book was nonstop reading."-Elaine Pagels, professor of religion, Princeton University, author of Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
"Jon Meacham is one of our country's most brilliant thinkers about religion's impact on American society. In this scintillating and provocative book, Meacham reveals the often-hidden influence of religious belief on the Founding Fathers and on later generations of American citizens and leaders up to our own. Today, as we argue more strenuously than ever about the proper place of religion in our politics and the rest of American life, Meacham's important book should serve as the touchstone of the debate."
-Michael Beschloss, author of The Conquerors
"At a time when faith and freedom seem increasingly polarized, American Gospel recovers our vital center-the middle ground where, historically, religion and public life strike a delicate balance. Well researched, well written, inspiring, and persuasive, this is a welcome addition to the literature."-Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University, author of American Judaism: A History

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9781400065554
Publication Date: 
2006-04-03
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