p> One Nation under God: the Factual History of America’s Religious Heritage is a study of our Founding Fathers—their beliefs, their goals and their history. It uses the direct words of the Founding Fathers from personal letters, personal Bible notes, and many more substantiated sources. The book follows the spiritual direction of our country from the time the Puritans landed in the new world up to today. Our loss of faith in God and how that loss has impacted our society is profiled. It includes quotes from some of the people that had the most influence on the growth of our once great nation and some of the people and events that have caused our nation to decline economically, socially, and morally. One Nation under God includes many landmark court cases that have affected our way of life in the way the American people can worship the Lord in public and in private. The book is a map of our rise to greatness and our decline to the potential oblivion of this once light on the hill for all the world to follow. It also is a guide on how to reclaim our greatness by turning back to God for His forgiveness and guidance. The farther away we move from God the worse our society becomes. I started writing One Nation under God setting out to prove to the country—possibly the world—that we are a Christian nation. … One Nation Under God helps us remember who we are and what we did and thus helps preserve the American spirit. —David Barton, Historian, Author, TV Producer, founder of Wallbuilders
faith. ” This unusual revival was a part of the Great Awakening that shook
America in the early 19th Century. ” As evidenced in his textbook, “History of the
United States, published in 1832, he believed that Christianity and government
could not ...
Author: Leon G. Stevens
Publisher: WestBow Press
The Religious Heritage Complex examines religious institutions and heritage-making, arguing that the relationship between the two is not as clear-cut as some might think. In fact, the authors show that religious activity has always combined care for the past with conscious practices of heritage-making, which they term “the religious heritage complex.” The book considers the ways patrimony, religion, and identity interact in different contexts worldwide and how religious objects and sites function as identity. It focuses on heritage-making as a religious and material activity for the groups in charge of a religious inheritance, and considers heritage activities as a form of spiritual renewal and transmission. Case studies explore Christian, Afro-Brazilian, Muslim, and Buddhist traditions located in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. By investigating the longstanding and tightly-enmeshed connections that weave together religion and cultural heritage, this book allows us to think through the ambiguity of religious heritage.
Karlström, A. (2013), “Spirits and the Ever Changing Heritage,” Material Religion
9(3): 395–99. Marchi, R. (2009) ... García (eds), Mexican American Religions:
Spirituality, Activism and Culture, 338–58, Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Author: Cyril Isnart
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This collection brings together a group of highly respected law and religion scholars to explore the funding of religious heritage in the context of state support for religions. The importance of this state support is that on the one hand it illustrates the potential tensions between secular and religious values, whilst on the other it constitutes a relevant tool for investigating the question of the legitimacy of such financial support. The funding logically varies according to the national system of state-religion relationships and this is reflected in the range of countries studied, including: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The book provides clarity in the assignment of funds to religious heritage, as well as seeking to define the limit of what relates to the exercise of worship and what belongs to cultural policy. It is clear that the main challenge for the future lies not only in managing the dual purpose of religious monuments, but also in re-using these buildings which have lost their original purpose. This collection will appeal to those interested in cultural heritage management, as well as law and religion scholars. The views expressed during the execution of the RELIGARE project, in whatever form and or by whatever medium, are the sole responsibility of the authors. The European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
Solange Lefebvre Quebec is unique in North America for its religious heritage.
Eastern Canada is one of the oldest colonized areas, birthplace of Roman
Catholicism, followed by an important settlement for Protestantism and
Author: Anne Fornerod
Our religious heritage remains one more truly than it has become many ; and its
whole is greater and truer than is the sum of its parts . In sum , we are Christian .
But what does ' Christian ' mean ? Strictly speaking , since the Greek word ...
Author: George Percy Hedley
A study of developments in modern American religion examines the interaction between religion and politics that has occurred in the years since World War II, the polarization of religious dogma, and the rise of special interest groups
WE HAVE concentrated thus far on what might be called the "institutional"
aspects of American religion, including both its ... The richness of America's
religious heritage ensures that religious values often remain pertinent to the
Author: Robert Wuthnow
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Category: Social Science
Even though the majority of Americans hold moderate views on issues such as abortion, homosexual rights, funding for the arts and public broadcasting, and multicultural education, extremists tend to dominate public debate. James Davidson Hunter explained this polarization of American politics and political discourse and popularized the term culture wars in his best-selling book Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America. The eleven contributors to The American Culture Wars analyse these and other heatedly contested issues. In addition, they examine new developments in the culture wars. Together the chapters of this book illuminate current cultural conflicts and offer clues as to where the next American culture wars may be waged.
Following Wuthnow (1983), we argue that in order to enter the political arena,
religious groups must negotiate the symbolic barrier between religion and politics
. ... In Gaston county, symbolic issues such as the religious heritage of America
Author: James L. Nolan (Jr.)
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
This book, originally published in 1985 by Texian Press, Waco, Texas, has now been updated and expanded.
Chapter III AF RICAN-AMERICAN RELIGIOUS HERITAGE In the preceding
chapter, I discussed the historical heritage of the Afiican American people. In this
chapter, I do not intend to enumerate and explain the various African divirrities
Author: David Adamo
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
A point-counterpoint discussion about Christianity's proper social and political relation to the United States-whether the nation is distinctly Christian, distinctly secular, essentially Christian, or partly Christian.
Although I would not begin to deny the influence of Christianity on the earliest
Americans as a whole, I believe Henard's interpretation falters in the same
manner that Barton's does, but to a lesser extent. The significant Christian
heritage of the ...
Author: Daryl C. Cornett
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
No phrase in American letters has had a more profound influence on church-state law, policy, and discourse than Thomas Jefferson’s “wall of separation between church and state,” and few metaphors have provoked more passionate debate. Introduced in an 1802 letter to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptist Association, Jefferson’s “wall” is accepted by many Americans as a concise description of the U.S. Constitution’s church-state arrangement and conceived as a virtual rule of constitutional law. Despite the enormous influence of the “wall” metaphor, almost no scholarship has investigated the text of the Danbury letter, the context in which it was written, or Jefferson’s understanding of his famous phrase. Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State offers an in-depth examination of the origins, controversial uses, and competing interpretations of this powerful metaphor in law and public policy.
Law and Contemporary Problems 14 (1949): 3–22. Costanzo, Joseph F. “
Religious Heritage of American Democracy.” Thought 30 (Winter 1955–56): 485-
506. . This Nation under God: Church, State and Schools in America. New York:
Author: Daniel Dreisbach
Publisher: NYU Press
Twenty-five years after its original publication, Slave Religion remains a classic in the study of African American history and religion. In a new chapter in this anniversary edition, author Albert J. Raboteau reflects upon the origins of the book, the reactions to it over the past twenty-five years, and how he would write it differently today. Using a variety of first and second-hand sources-- some objective, some personal, all riveting-- Raboteau analyzes the transformation of the African religions into evangelical Christianity. He presents the narratives of the slaves themselves, as well as missionary reports, travel accounts, folklore, black autobiographies, and the journals of white observers to describe the day-to-day religious life in the slave communities. Slave Religion is a must-read for anyone wanting a full picture of this "invisible institution."
... suggestion that at least some African religious concepts and behavior were not
totally dissimilar to certain beliefs and practices charateristic of evangelical
Protestantism. Perhaps the religious heritage of American Protestants and the
Author: Albert J. Raboteau
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Social Science
During the Cold War, thousands of musicians from the United States traveled the world, sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Cultural Presentations program. Performances of music in many styles—classical, rock ’n’ roll, folk, blues, and jazz—competed with those by traveling Soviet and mainland Chinese artists, enhancing the prestige of American culture. These concerts offered audiences around the world evidence of America’s improving race relations, excellent musicianship, and generosity toward other peoples. Through personal contacts and the media, musical diplomacy also created subtle musical, social, and political relationships on a global scale. Although born of state-sponsored tours often conceived as propaganda ventures, these relationships were in themselves great diplomatic achievements and constituted the essence of America’s soft power. Using archival documents and newly collected oral histories, Danielle Fosler-Lussier shows that musical diplomacy had vastly different meanings for its various participants, including government officials, musicians, concert promoters, and audiences. Through the stories of musicians from Louis Armstrong and Marian Anderson to orchestras and college choirs, Fosler-Lussier deftly explores the value and consequences of "musical diplomacy."
America's. Religious. Heritage. Abroad. As the historian Jonathan Herzog
describes it, the Cold War inspired a “deliberate and managed use of societal
resources to stimulate a religious revival in the late 1940s and 1950s.”1 Again
and again ...
Author: Danielle Fosler-Lussier
Publisher: Univ of California Press
The Supreme Court has recognized that governmental entities may, consistent
with the First Amendment, recognize the religious heritage of America; Whereas
the notion that a belief in God permeated the founding of our Nation was well ...
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
This comparative analysis probes why conservative renderings of religious tradition in the United States, India, and Egypt remain so influential in the politics of these three ostensibly secular societies. The United States, Egypt, and India were quintessential models of secular modernity in the 1950s and 1960s. By the 1980s and 1990s, conservative Islamists challenged the Egyptian government, India witnessed a surge in Hindu nationalism, and the Christian right in the United States rose to dominate the Republican Party and large swaths of the public discourse. Using a nuanced theoretical framework that emphasizes the interaction of religion and politics, Scott W. Hibbard argues that three interrelated issues led to this state of affairs. First, as an essential part of the construction of collective identities, religion serves as a basis for social solidarity and political mobilization. Second, in providing a moral framework, religion's traditional elements make it relevant to modern political life. Third, and most significant, in manipulating religion for political gain, political elites undermined the secular consensus of the modern state that had been in place since the end of World War II. Together, these factors sparked a new era of right-wing religious populism in the three nations. Although much has been written about the resurgence of religious politics, scholars have paid less attention to the role of state actors in promoting new visions of religion and society. Religious Politics and Secular States fills this gap by situating this trend within long-standing debates over the proper role of religion in public life.
This messianic understanding of the American idea draws from the religious
idealism of the country's Puritan origins and is evident in the tendency to
associate democracy with Divine Providence. America's religious heritage is also
a source ...
Author: Scott W. Hibbard
Publisher: JHU Press
Category: Political Science
A new group of Americans is challenging the reign of the Religious Right Today, nearly one in five Americans are nonbelievers - a rapidly growing group at a time when traditional Christian churches are dwindling in numbers - and they are flexing their muscles like never before. Yet we still see almost none of them openly serving in elected office, while Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and many others continue to loudly proclaim the myth of America as a Christian nation. In Nonbeliever Nation, leading secular advocate David Niose explores what this new force in politics means for the unchallenged dominance of the Religious Right. Hitting on all the hot-button issues that divide the country – from gay marriage to education policy to contentious church-state battles – he shows how this movement is gaining traction, and fighting for its rights. Now, Secular Americans—a group comprised not just of atheists and agnostics, but lapsed Catholics, secular Jews, and millions of others who have walked away from religion—are mobilizing and forming groups all over the country (even atheist clubs in Bible-belt high schools) to challenge the exaltation of religion in American politics and public life. This is a timely and important look at how growing numbers of nonbelievers, disenchanted at how far America has wandered from its secular roots, are emerging to fight for equality and rational public policy.
52 As we see from the execution of Quakers and others after the Puritans settled
in America, that Christian vision resulted in an ... As further evidence of America's
religious heritage, the Religious Right may correctly point to various energetic ...
Author: David Niose
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Category: Political Science
Nearly 40% of all Americans have no connection with organized religion. Yet many of these people, even though they might never step inside a house of worship, live profoundly spiritual lives. But what is the nature and value of unchurched spirituality in America? Is it a recent phenomenon, a New Age fad that will soon fade, or a long-standing and essential aspect of the American experience? In Spiritual But Not Religious, Robert Fuller offers fascinating answers to these questions. He shows that alternative spiritual practices have a long and rich history in America, dating back to the colonial period, when church membership rarely exceeded 17% and interest in astrology, numerology, magic, and witchcraft ran high. Fuller traces such unchurched traditions into the mid-nineteenth century, when Americans responded enthusiastically to new philosophies such as Swedenborgianism, Transcendentalism, and mesmerism, right up to the current interest in meditation, channeling, divination, and a host of other unconventional spiritual practices. Throughout, Fuller argues that far from the flighty and narcissistic dilettantes they are often made out to be, unchurched spiritual seekers embrace a mature and dynamic set of basic beliefs. They focus on inner sources of spirituality and on this world rather than the afterlife; they believe in the accessibility of God and in the mind's untapped powers; they see a fundamental unity between science and religion and an equality between genders and races; and they are more willing to test their beliefs and change them when they prove untenable. Timely, sweeping in its scope, and informed by a clear historical understanding, Spiritual But Not Religious offers fresh perspective on the growing numbers of Americans who find their spirituality outside the church.
See also Edwin Gaustad, Historical Atlas of Religion in America (New York:
Harper & Row, 1976). 2. ... Jon Butler, “Magic, Astrology, and the Early American
Religious Heritage, 1600–1760,” American Historical Review 84 (1979): 317–46.
Author: Robert C. Fuller
Publisher: Oxford University Press
This book explores the relationship between the religious beliefs of presidents and their foreign policymaking. Through the application of a new methodological approach that provides a cognetic narrative of each president, this study reveals the significance of religion's impact on U.S. foreign policy.
Likeothercultural phenomena, Christianity in America has a widearray of
interpretations anda history ofrisingand fallingin ... Narrative threads of American
Christian heritage American Christians have established five principal narrative
Author: W. Steding
Category: Political Science
16 THE CONTRIBUTION OF KESHUB TO MODERN CHRISTIAN THOUGHT -G .
HOWELLS I am glad to be here to ... in Christian missionary circles in India , but
in Christian circles throughout the West , especially Great Britain and America .
Author: Suresh K. Sharma
Publisher: Mittal Publications
Challenging the formidable tradition that places early New England Puritanism at the center of the American religious experience, Yale historian Jon Butler offers a new interpretation of three hundred years of religious and cultural development. Butler stresses the instability of religion in Europe where state churches battled dissenters, magic, and astonishingly low church participation. He charts the transfer of these difficulties to America, including the failure of Puritan religious models, and describes the surprising advance of religious commitment there between 1700 and 1865. Through the assertion of authority and coercion, a remarkable sacralization of the prerevolutionary countryside, advancing religious pluralism, the folklorization of magic, and an eclectic, syncretistic emphasis on supernatural interventionism, including miracles, America emerged after 1800 as an extraordinary spiritual hothouse that far eclipsed the Puritan achievement--even as secularism triumphed in Europe. Awash in a Sea of Faith ranges from popular piety to magic, from anxious revolutionary war chaplains to the cool rationalism of James Madison, from divining rods and seer stones to Anglican and Unitarian elites, and from Virginia Anglican occultists and Presbyterians raised from the dead to Jonathan Edwards, Joseph Smith, and Abraham Lincoln. Butler deftly comes to terms with conventional themes such as Puritanism, witchcraft, religion and revolution, revivalism, millenarianism, and Mormonism. His elucidation of Christianity's powerful role in shaping slavery and of a subsequent African spiritual "holocaust," with its ironic result in African Christianization, is an especially fresh and incisive account. Awash in a Sea of Faith reveals the proliferation of American religious expression--not its decline--and stresses the creative tensions between pulpit and pew across three hundred years of social maturation. Striking in its breadth and deeply rooted in primary sources, this seminal book recasts the landscape of American religious and cultural history.
In 1798 Charles Brockden Brown, frequently called the father of American
literature, published Wieland; or, The ... destroyed her family in America.1
Wieland was remarkable for its rich allusions to colonial America's complex
Author: Jon Butler
Publisher: Harvard University Press
With historical appearances by preachers Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield from the "Great Awakening" series, this novel portrays spiritual revival as the only cure for a sin-sick nation.
He was listed in Who's Who in Religion and Who's Who in Community Service (
England) and received numerous other recognitions. In 1973 Dr. Bright received
a special award from Religious Heritage of America for his work with youth, and
Author: Bill Bright
Publisher: Simon and Schuster