So Help Me God

So Help Me God : The Founding Fathers and the First Great Battle Over Church and State

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Today's dispute over the line between church and state (or the lack thereof) is neither the first nor the fiercest in our history. In a powerful retelling of the birth of the American body politic, religious historian Forrest Church describes our first great culture war--a tumultuous yet nearly forgotten conflict that raged from George Washington's presidency to James Monroe's. On one side of the battle, the proponents of order--Federalists, Congregationalists, New Englanders--believed that the only legitimate ruler of men is God. On the other side, the defenders of liberty--republicans, Baptists, Virginians--cheered the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, and believed that only the separation of church and state would preserve man's freedom. Would we be a nation under God, or with liberty for all?In this vigorous history, Forrest Church offers a new vision of our earliest presidents' beliefs, reshaping assumptions about the debates that still reverberate across our land.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 530 pages
  • 162.56 x 231.14 x 45.72mm | 861.82g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0151011850
  • 9780151011858
  • 2,106,550

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"A wide-angled view of the whole history of the early republic. Solid and scintillating." --Edwin S. Gaustad, author of "Sworn on the Altar of God"

"Magnificently combines a comprehensive knowledge of the history of the American presidency, a sophisticated appreciation for the intricacies of American politics, and a surpassing understanding of the role of religion in American life." --Senator Gary Hart, author of "James Monroe "
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