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Inventing A Christian America

Inventing A Christian America

The Myth of the Religious Founding

Book - 2015
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Among the most enduring themes in American history is the idea that the United States was founded as a Christian nation. A pervasive narrative in everything from school textbooks to political commentary, it is central to the way in which many Americans perceive the historical legacy of theirnation. Yet, as Steven K. Green shows in this illuminating new book, it is little more than a myth.In Inventing a Christian America, Green, a leading historian of religion and politics, explores the historical record that is purported to support the popular belief in America's religious founding and status as a Christian nation. He demonstrates that, like all myths, these claims are based onhistorical "facts" that have been colored by the interpretive narratives that have been imposed upon them. In tracing the evolution of these claims and the evidence levied in support of them from the founding of the New England colonies, through the American Revolution, and to the present day, heinvestigates how they became leading narratives in the country's collective identity.Three critical moments in American history shaped and continue to drive the myth of a Christian America: the Puritan founding of New England, the American Revolution and the forging of a new nation, and the early years of the nineteenth century, when a second generation of Americans sought toredefine and reconcile the memory of the founding to match their religious and patriotic aspirations. Seeking to shed light not only on the veracity of these ideas but on the reasons they endure, Green ultimately shows that the notion of America's religious founding is a myth not merely in thecolloquial sense, but also in a deeper sense, as a shared story that gives deeper meaning to our collective national identity.Offering a fresh look at one of the most common and contested claims in American history, Inventing a Christian America is an enlightening read for anyone interested in the story of - and the debate over - America's founding.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9780190230975
Call Number: 277.307 G826i
Characteristics: xi, 295 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 15, 2015

Yes, and only small print:(

Sep 14, 2015

There seems to be one or more commenters who rate books that do not support the modern fundametalist Xian myth of the Xian Nation with very low ratings as soon as they show up. I suspect they haven't even read the books they have rated in this manner. This is a well reasoned and documeted history of the topic. Green doesn't use the pejoritive meanings of myth, but does examine it from a utilitarian standpoint. But beware: this is not written as a "popular history." It requires some concentration and thought, not just some instant and undeserved condemnation...

Jul 27, 2015

“The United States as a Christian nation”
article from RationalWiki . . . . . .
“The Christian Nation Myth”
by Farrell Till
from . .
“Debunking the Christian nation myth”
by Andrew Seidel
from . . .
“The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church”
by Gregory A. Boyd
published by . . .
Zondervan 2007, ISBN-10: 0310267315, ISBN-13: 978-0310267317 . . .
author info at:
and, look for:
“Your Church, My State: The Atheist's Guide to Understanding Why Our Founding Fathers Kept Them Separate”
Glen D. Aaron, II
Independently published
January 31, 2019, pbk, 483 pages
ISBN-10: 1795440813, ISBN-13: 978-1795440813
“In God We Trust?: One Man's Journey From Religion, To Reason”
Glen D. Aaron, II
Independently published
January 31, 2019, pbk, 410 pages
ISBN-10: 1795545011. ISBN-13: 978-1795545013


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