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

Jon Meacham

In American Gospel (literally meaning the "good news about America"), New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham sets the record straight on the history of religion in American public life. As Meacham shows, faith --meaning a belief in a higher power, and the sense that we are God's chosen people-- has always been at the heart of our national experience, from Jamestown to the Constitutional Convention to the Civil Rights Movement to September 11th. And yet, first and foremost, America is a nation founded upon the principles of liberty and freedom. Every American is free to exercise his own faith or no faith at all. And so a balance is struck, between public religion and private religion; and religious belief is distinct from morality. As Meacham explains, the well-known "wall" between church and state has always separated private religion from the business of the state, yet religious belief is part of the basic foundation of government. Brilliantly articulating an argument that links the Founding Fathers to an insightful contemporary point of view, American Gospel renews our understanding of history, and what public religion has meant in America, so that we can move beyond today's religious and political extremism toward a truer understanding of the place of faith in American society. From the Compact Disc edition.

In American Gospel (literally meaning the "good news about America"), New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham sets the record straight on the history of religion in American public life. As Meacham shows, faith --meaning a belief in a higher power, and the sense that we are God's chosen people-- has always been at the heart of our national experience, from Jamestown to the Constitutional Convention to the Civil Rights Movement to September 11th. And yet, first and foremost, America is a nation founded upon the principles of liberty and freedom. Every American is free to exercise his own faith or no faith at all. And so a balance is struck, between public religion and private religion; and religious belief is distinct from morality. As Meacham explains, the well-known "wall" between church and state has always separated private religion from the business of the state, yet religious belief is part of the basic foundation of government. Brilliantly articulating an argument that links the Founding Fathers to an insightful contemporary point of view, American Gospel renews our understanding of history, and what public religion has meant in America, so that we can move beyond today's religious and political extremism toward a truer understanding of the place of faith in American society. From the Compact Disc edition.
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In American Gospel (literally meaning the "good news about America"), New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham sets the record straight on the history of religion in American public life. As Meacham shows, faith --meaning a belief in a higher power, and the sense that we are God's chosen people-- has always been at the heart of our national experience, from Jamestown to the Constitutional Convention to the Civil Rights Movement to September 11th. And yet, first and foremost, America is a nation founded upon the principles of liberty and freedom. Every American is free to exercise his own faith or no faith at all. And so a balance is struck, between public religion and private religion; and religious belief is distinct from morality. As Meacham explains, the well-known "wall" between church and state has always separated private religion from the business of the state, yet religious belief is part of the basic foundation of government. Brilliantly articulating an argument that links the Founding Fathers to an insightful contemporary point of view, American Gospel renews our understanding of history, and what public religion has meant in America, so that we can move beyond today's religious and political extremism toward a truer understanding of the place of faith in American society. From the Compact Disc edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Grover Gardner

Length:

7h 8m


Chapters

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