As we celebrate our nation’s birthday, one particular brand of Christianity continues to try to co-opt our history, alienating many more moderate people of faith in the process. After 15 years of exhaustive research, Amy Kittelstrom, a professor of Modern U.S. History and Transnational Intellectual Culture at Sonoma State University, delves deeper into the complex relationship between religion and our origins using texts from nineteenth-century thinkers. Yes, religion played quite a role in our nation’s founding – but a very different one than is being promoted by today’s revisionists. Her book is titled The Religion of Democracy: Seven Liberals and the American Moral Tradition.

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