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Founding Faith by Steven Waldman
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Sep 16, 10

bookshelves: history, political-science, theology-philosophy
Read in September, 2010

Liberals argue that the US was meant to be a secular republic, while conservatives argue that it was meant to be a christian nation. Waldman explores how both these simplifications are wrong. The writing style is very engaging and Waldman's thesis is persuasive and well supported. The actual history of how religious freedom developed in the US is fascinating and even, dare I say it, providential. Reviewing the words of Madison, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams and Washington on religion and the importance of separation between church and state gave me renewed admiration for these brilliant men. Especially my hero, James Madison.
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