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Head and Heart - American Christianities

Garry Wills

A landmark examination of Christianity's place in American life across the broad sweep of this country's history, from the Puritans to the presidential administration of George W. Bush. The struggle within American Christianity, Garry Wills argues, now and throughout our country's history, is between the head and the heart: between reason and emotion, Enlightenment and Evangelism. Why has this been so? How has the tension between the two poles played out, and with what consequences, over the past 400 years? How "Christian" is America, after all? Wills brings a lifetime's worth of thought about these questions to bear on a magnificent historical reckoning that offers much needed perspective on some of the most contentious issues of our time. A religious revolution occurred in America in the eighteenth century, one that saw the emergence of an Enlightenment religious culture whose hallmarks were tolerance for other faiths and a belief that religion was a matter best divorced from political institutions-the proverbial "separation of church and state." Wills shows us just how incredibly radical a departure this separation was: there was simply no precedent for it. To put this leap in perspective, Wills provides a grounding in the pre-Enlightenment religion that preceded it, beginning with the early Puritans. He then provides a thrillingly clear unpacking of the steps, particularly Madison's and Jefferson's, by which church-state separation was enshrined in the Constitution, and reveals the great irony of the efforts of today's Religious Right to blur the lines between the two. In fact, it is precisely that separation that has allowed religion in America to flourish since the disestablishment of religion created a free market, as it were, and competition for souls led to the profusion of denominations across the length and breadth of the land. As Wills examines the key movements and personalities that have transformed America's religious landscape, we see again and again the same pattern emerge: a cooling of popula

A landmark examination of Christianity's place in American life across the broad sweep of this country's history, from the Puritans to the presidential administration of George W. Bush. The struggle within American Christianity, Garry Wills argues, now and throughout our country's history, is between the head and the heart: between reason and emotion, Enlightenment and Evangelism. Why has this been so? How has the tension between the two poles played out, and with what consequences, over the past 400 years? How "Christian" is America, after all? Wills brings a lifetime's worth of thought about these questions to bear on a magnificent historical reckoning that offers much needed perspective on some of the most contentious issues of our time. A religious revolution occurred in America in the eighteenth century, one that saw the emergence of an Enlightenment religious culture whose hallmarks were tolerance for other faiths and a belief that religion was a matter best divorced from political institutions-the proverbial "separation of church and state." Wills shows us just how incredibly radical a departure this separation was: there was simply no precedent for it. To put this leap in perspective, Wills provides a grounding in the pre-Enlightenment religion that preceded it, beginning with the early Puritans. He then provides a thrillingly clear unpacking of the steps, particularly Madison's and Jefferson's, by which church-state separation was enshrined in the Constitution, and reveals the great irony of the efforts of today's Religious Right to blur the lines between the two. In fact, it is precisely that separation that has allowed religion in America to flourish since the disestablishment of religion created a free market, as it were, and competition for souls led to the profusion of denominations across the length and breadth of the land. As Wills examines the key movements and personalities that have transformed America's religious landscape, we see again and again the same pattern emerge: a cooling of popula
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A landmark examination of Christianity's place in American life across the broad sweep of this country's history, from the Puritans to the presidential administration of George W. Bush. The struggle within American Christianity, Garry Wills argues, now and throughout our country's history, is between the head and the heart: between reason and emotion, Enlightenment and Evangelism. Why has this been so? How has the tension between the two poles played out, and with what consequences, over the past 400 years? How "Christian" is America, after all? Wills brings a lifetime's worth of thought about these questions to bear on a magnificent historical reckoning that offers much needed perspective on some of the most contentious issues of our time. A religious revolution occurred in America in the eighteenth century, one that saw the emergence of an Enlightenment religious culture whose hallmarks were tolerance for other faiths and a belief that religion was a matter best divorced from political institutions-the proverbial "separation of church and state." Wills shows us just how incredibly radical a departure this separation was: there was simply no precedent for it. To put this leap in perspective, Wills provides a grounding in the pre-Enlightenment religion that preceded it, beginning with the early Puritans. He then provides a thrillingly clear unpacking of the steps, particularly Madison's and Jefferson's, by which church-state separation was enshrined in the Constitution, and reveals the great irony of the efforts of today's Religious Right to blur the lines between the two. In fact, it is precisely that separation that has allowed religion in America to flourish since the disestablishment of religion created a free market, as it were, and competition for souls led to the profusion of denominations across the length and breadth of the land. As Wills examines the key movements and personalities that have transformed America's religious landscape, we see again and again the same pattern emerge: a cooling of popula

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mel Foster

Length:

19h 32m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

17:36


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

52:19


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

40:13


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

29:45


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

37:24


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

33:31


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

42:16


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

27:33


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

42:58


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

40:35


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

31:31


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

29:47


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

40:49


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

27:07


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

29:06


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

37:17


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

30:03


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

36:16


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

29:35


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

45:05


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

33:35


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

29:47


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

32:57


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

29:48


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

36:04


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

30:11


Part 4, Chapter 26
Part 4, Chapter 26

42:47


Part 5, Chapter 27
Part 5, Chapter 27

32:11


Part 5, Chapter 28
Part 5, Chapter 28

37:59


Part 5, Chapter 29
Part 5, Chapter 29

36:34


Part 5, Chapter 30
Part 5, Chapter 30

41:17


Part 5, Chapter 31
Part 5, Chapter 31

38:10


Part 5, Chapter 32
Part 5, Chapter 32

37:03


Part 5, Chapter 33
Part 5, Chapter 33

13:07


Part 5, Chapter 34
Part 5, Chapter 34

00:25