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In Believers, Thinkers, and Founders: How We Came to Be One Nation Under God, Kevin Seamus Hasson — founder and president emeritus of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty — offers a refreshing resolution to a familiar conundrum: If there is real religious freedom in America, how is it that our government keeps invoking God? He’s everywhere — from our currency to the Pledg ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Image (first published February 14th 2012)
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Heather
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a good book and I think timely, helping to point out the importance of religious freedom and understanding that some laws and rights come from Someone and Something greater than anything man-made. The rights God bestows are what create equality. It's profound that these principles were so clearly articulated in the founding documents of the United States. Some people misunderstand these declarations, thinking they contradict everyone's right to religious freedom. I was grateful for how c ...more
Matthew
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Hasson asks an interesting question: What is the difference of pledging allegiance to “one nation under God,” versus “one nation under Jesus Christ?” Is liberty, as the framers of the Constitution understood it, possible without an acknowledgment of a divine authority which bestows such liberty? Hasson makes the argument that one nation "under God" is more of a natural rights/natural law claim (i.e. philosophical claim) than it is a theological one. Of course, this is a deeply disputable idea. N ...more
Scott
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting book, lots of information.
Christopher Ray
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What is the difference of pledging allegiance to “one nation under God,” versus “one nation under Jesus Christ?” Is liberty, as the framers of the Constitution understood it, possible without an acknowledgment of a divine authority which bestows such liberty? These are just two of the questions that Kevin Seamus Hasson addresses in his new book, Believers, Thinkers, and Founders. [1]

I had the pleasure the past few days of reading this book, and Hassoninterviewing Seamus, as he prefers to be call
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Seth
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Where do our natural rights come from? In what ideas are they rooted? Judeo-Christian theology? The UN charter of human rights? Majority rule, and subject to revision at any time?

Upon such questions the controversies over religious liberties and the separation of church and state have been waged in the public square, and a focal point of such debate has centered around the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. Kevin Hasson is the founder of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and he
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James Barr
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book presents a well considered viewpoint on how the founders of the United States of America thought about man's natural rights being granted by God. The book justifies the use of "one nation under God", and show this image of the "God of philosophy" to be the approach that allows religious freedom (pluralism) in our country.
Joey
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
A very well written, easy read. The author relays historical, common, and legal views on one of the most debated topics..."under God". I found this book insightful. The author is not pushing to persuade a readers viewpoint, but rather proclaim a simplistic common core.
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