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American Gospel - God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation

Jon Meacham

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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 und

Language:

English

Narrators:

Grover Gardner

Length:

7h 8m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

03:58


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:10


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:14


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:27


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:23


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:34


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:07


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:47


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:51


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:46


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:09


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:21


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:09


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:30


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:39


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:50


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:25


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:44


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:53


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:03


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:30


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:21


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:24


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:14


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:04


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:48


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:41


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:46


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:11


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:35


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:02


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:41


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:54


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:35


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:19


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:14


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:43


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:48


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:28


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:07


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:51


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:54


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:04


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:26


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:48


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:47


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:13


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:10


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:14


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:14


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:01


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:09


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:46


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:07


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:25


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:30


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:40


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:07


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:37


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:08


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:02


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:44


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:36


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:22


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:31


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:58


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:53


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:45


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:31


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:05


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:41