By Jon Meacham
The yankee Gospel--literally, the good news approximately America--is that faith shapes our public existence with out controlling it. during this vibrant booklet, long island occasions bestselling writer Jon Meacham tells the human tale of the way the Founding Fathers considered religion, and the way they finally created a country within which trust in God is an issue of choice.
At a time while our kingdom turns out divided by means of extremism, American Gospel attracts at the prior to provide a brand new viewpoint. Meacham re-creates the interesting heritage of a state grappling with faith and politics--from John Winthrop's "city on a hill" sermon to Thomas Jefferson's assertion of Independence; from the Revolution to the Civil struggle; from a proposed nineteenth-century Christian modification to the structure to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s demand civil rights; from George Washington to Ronald Reagan.
Debates approximately faith and politics are usually extra divisive than illuminating. Secularists element to a "wall of separation among church and state," whereas many conservatives act as if the Founding Fathers have been apostles in knee britches. As Meacham exhibits during this brisk narrative, neither severe has it correct. on the center of the yank test lies the God of what Benjamin Franklin known as "public religion," a God who invests all people with inalienable rights whereas conserving inner most faith from executive interference. it's a nice American balancing act, and it has served us well.
Meacham has written and spoken largely approximately faith and politics, and he brings historic authority and a feeling of wish to the problem. American Gospel makes it compellingly transparent that the nation's top likelihood of summoning what Lincoln referred to as "the larger angels of our nature" lies in recuperating the spirit and feel of the Founding. In on reflection, we may perhaps locate the sunshine to steer us ahead.
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62 José Míguez Bonino, Doing Theology in a Revolutionary Situation (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1975), 26. ”63 After Nelson Rockefeller’s visit to Latin America in 1965, the Mexico City newspaper Excelsior pointed out that this visit was met not only with mounting tensions, but actually caused several deaths in Latin America. ” The fundamental problem for the Excelsior, [H]as nothing to do with philanthropy or the price of raw materials. It seems paradoxical that this must be proclaimed so energetically at a time when the communications media are so prodigiously developed.
Henry (1973), John R. W. 76 Ten members of the FTL were part of the program. Orlando Costas was invited as a panelist and two others gave plenary speeches: C. , Artículo 2, b. , Artículo 2, c. See the analysis of the main objectives of the FTL in C. Rene Padilla, “Theology in the Making,” Christianity Today, 10 May 1974, 59–60. 75 For a complete list of activities organized by the FTL see “Cronología de Actividades de la Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana,” Boletín Teológico 27, no. 59–60 (1995): 26–29.
Review and Expositor 74, no. 2 (1977): 176. : University of Notre Dame, 1985). 76 Orlando Costas, The Church and Its Mission: A Shattering Critique from the Third World (Wheaton: Tyndale House, 1974), 14. , 11. 80 Both Míguez and Costas start with the assumption that there is a close relationship between Latin American Protestantism and its counterpart in the United States. ”81 The harm is due to the image Latin Americans perceived of the United States and consequently of Protestantism itself.
American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation by Jon Meacham