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FitzGerald, Frances

Summary: Initially a populist rebellion against the established Protestant churches, evagelicalism became the dominant religious force in the country before the Civil War, but the northerners and southerners split over the issue of slavery. After the Civil War, the northern evangelicals split, eventually causing a conflict between fundamentalists and modernists. Only after the second World War would...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 270 FIT

Meacham, Jon.

Summary: 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. 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...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Random House Audio 2006

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 322.1 Mea

Meacham, Jon.

Summary: Author 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, this book draws on the past to offer a new perspective. Meacham re-creates the history of a nation grappling with religion and politics--from John Winthrop's "city on a hill"...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Random House 2006

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 322.1 MEA

Schenck, Robert L.

Summary: The author recalls his life as a controversial Washington, D.C. evangelical minister and spiritual advisor to America's political class. He begins with his conversion from Judaism to born-again Christianity, and then finding his calling in public ministry. He chronicles his years as an activist leader of the most extreme wing of the anti-abortion movement, brazenly mixing ministry with...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 SCHENCK, ROBERT SCH

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1 available in Adult, Call number: B SCHENCK SCH

Shorris, Earl

Summary: A account of the events, ideas, and beliefs about the role of religion in today's government discusses how, after the September 11th attacks, there is a more glaring pervasiveness of religious doctrine throughout both major parties and in the formulating of key political decisions.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Norton & Co. 2007

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 973.93 SHO

Kittelstrom, Amy

Summary: "Today we associate liberal thought and politics with secularism. When we argue over whether the nation's founders meant to keep religion out of politics, the godless side is said to be liberal. But the role of religion in American politics has always been far more nuanced and complex than today's debates would suggest and closer to the heart of American intellectual life than is commonly...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Penguin Press 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 973 KIT

Seidel, Andrew L

Summary: In today’s contentious political climate, understanding religion’s role in American government is more important than ever. Christian nationalists assert that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and advocate an agenda based on this popular historical claim. But is this belief true? The Founding Myth answers the question once and for all. Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Sterling 2019

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 277.307 SEI

Kruse, Kevin Michael

Summary: "We're often told that the United States is, was, and always has been a Christian nation. But in One Nation Under God, historian Kevin M. Kruse reveals that the idea of 'Christian America' is an invention--and a relatively recent one at that. As Kruse argues, the belief that America is fundamentally and formally a Christian nation originated in the 1930s when businessmen enlisted religious...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group 2015

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Wildman, Terry M.

Summary: Terry Wildman writes of a justice long-denied, not only for Native peoples who have suffered the loss of lands, livelihood, and life as the American empire spread across the continent, but also for those who struggle for life and liberty to this very day. Like the prophets of Israel, he seeks to correct our eyesight-to set before us God's vision and God's truth and to expose things that we, the...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Great Thunder Publishing 2011

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 220.6 WIL

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 220.6 WIL

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 220.6 WIL

Carter, Jimmy

Summary: President Carter has written importantly about his spiritual life and faith. In this book, he offers a personal consideration of "moral values" as they relate to the important issues of the day. He puts forward a passionate defense of separation of church and state, and a strong warning of where the country is heading as the lines between politics and rigid religious fundamentalism are blurred....

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Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster 2005

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306 CAR

Carter, Jimmy

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster Audio 2005

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 306.0973 CAR

Prothero, Stephen R.

Summary: "In this timely, carefully reasoned social history of the United States, the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One places today's heated culture wars within the context of a centuries-long struggle of right versus left and religious versus secular to reveal how, ultimately, liberals always win.Though they may seem to be dividing the country irreparably,...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: HarperOne 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306.2 PRO

Horowitz, David

Summary: Filled with stories that demonstrate the mind-numbing reasons behind the secular left's smug disdain for Christianity, Horowitz traces the history of religious liberty from the Founding Fathers to now. He shows how the Founding Fathers put aside their own skepticisms about God and religion to write The Declaration of Independence. Today, he writes Donald Trump's "genuine love for his country"...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Humanix Books 2018

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Lenz, Lyz

Summary: Through a thoughtful interrogation of the effects of faith and religion on our lives, our relationships, and our country, God Land investigates whether our divides can ever be bridged and if America can ever come together. In the wake of the 2016 election, Lenz watched as her country and her marriage were torn apart by the competing forces of faith and politics. She was bewildered by the pain...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Indiana University Press 2019

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Church, F. Forrester.

Summary: 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 this 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...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Harcourt 2007

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 322.1097 CHU

Goeglein, Timothy S.

Summary: Discusses how President George W. Bush's decisions were made for the greater good, and how many of them could serve as a blueprint for a more thoughtful, confident conservatism.

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Publisher / Publication Date: BH Pub. 2011

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 BUSH, GEORGE W GOE

Mansfield, Stephen

Summary: The 2016 election of Donald J. Trump exposed a deep divide in American politics and culture, one that pollsters and pundits didn't seem to realize was there. But Trump did, and he used it to his advantage in ways that surprised nearly everyone, even those who voted for him. Perhaps the biggest question on many people's minds is how, exactly, did a crass, unrepentant reality TV star and...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Baker Books 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 260 MAN

Phelps-Roper, Megan

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Summary: The activist and TED speaker Phelps-Roper reveals her life growing up in the most hated family in America. Rich with suspense and thoughtful reflection, her life story exposes the dangers of black-and-white thinking and the need for true humility in a time of angry polarization. At the age of five, Phelps-Roper began protesting homosexuality and other alleged vices alongside fellow members of...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2019

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Howe, Ben

Summary: Offers the history of the Christian Right and analyzes the rhetoric evangelical leaders use to convince Christians to stay with the Republican Party.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Broadside 2019

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Wallis, Jim.

Summary: Argues that America's separation of church and state is unrealistic, and maintains that each be held accountable to key values of progressive religious tradition.

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Publisher / Publication Date: HarperSanFrancisco 2005

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 261.7 WAL

Charles, Mark

Summary: "You cannot discover lands already inhabited. In this prophetic blend of history, theology, and cultural commentary, Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah reveal the damaging effects of the "Doctrine of Discovery," which institutionalized American triumphalismand white supremacy. This book calls our nation and churches to a truth-telling that will expose past injustices and open the door to...

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Publisher / Publication Date: IVP, an imprint of InterVarsity Press 2019

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Dershowitz, Alan M.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: John Wiley & Sons 2007

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 322.1097 DER

Holland, Sarah Stewart

Summary: "Two friends on opposite sides of the aisle provide a practical guide to grace-filled political conversation while challenging readers to put relationship before policy and understanding before argument. More than ever, politics seems driven by conflict and anger. People sitting together in pews every Sunday have started to feel like strangers, loved ones at the dinner table like enemies. Sarah...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson 2019

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 261.7 HOL

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 261.7 HOL

Gibbs, Nancy.

Summary: A history of the high-profile spiritual figure's relationships with eleven U.S. presidents evaluates his counsel to national leaders as well as his role in cementing faith and politics throughout the past half century.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Hachette Audio 2007

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 269.209 GIB