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Endowed by our creator : the birth of religious freedom in America / Michael I. Meyerson.

By: Meyerson, Michael.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, �2012Description: 1 online resource (x, 368 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780300183498; 0300183496.Subject(s): United States. Constitution. 1st Amendment | Constitution (United States) | Freedom of religion -- United States | Freedom of religion -- United States | United States. -- Constitution. -- 1st Amendment | LAW -- Constitutional | LAW -- Public | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Democracy | Freedom of religion | United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Endowed by our creator.DDC classification: 342.7308/52 Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Introduction: the great seal -- Before the beginning -- A tolerant, Protestant nation -- The second American revolution -- "We have become a nation": drafting the Constitution -- Adding the First Amendment -- Freedom of religion in the new nation -- Original wisdom.
Summary: "Endowed by Our Creator shows that the framers understood that the American government should not acknowledge religion in a way that favors any particular creed or denomination. Nevertheless, the framers believed that religion could instill virtue and help to unify a diverse nation. They created a spiritual public vocabulary, one that could communicate to all--including agnostics and atheists--that they were valued members of the political community. Through their writings and their decisions, the framers affirmed that respect for religious differences is a fundamental American value. Now it is for us, Meyerson concludes, to determine whether religion will be used to alienate and divide or to inspire and unify our religiously diverse nation."-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction: the great seal -- Before the beginning -- A tolerant, Protestant nation -- The second American revolution -- "We have become a nation": drafting the Constitution -- Adding the First Amendment -- Freedom of religion in the new nation -- Original wisdom.

"Endowed by Our Creator shows that the framers understood that the American government should not acknowledge religion in a way that favors any particular creed or denomination. Nevertheless, the framers believed that religion could instill virtue and help to unify a diverse nation. They created a spiritual public vocabulary, one that could communicate to all--including agnostics and atheists--that they were valued members of the political community. Through their writings and their decisions, the framers affirmed that respect for religious differences is a fundamental American value. Now it is for us, Meyerson concludes, to determine whether religion will be used to alienate and divide or to inspire and unify our religiously diverse nation."-- Provided by publisher.

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