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The assumption that America was, is, and always will be a Christian nation dates back no further than the 1930s, when a coalition of businessmen and religious leaders united in opposition to FDR's New Deal. With the full support of Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s, these activists - the forerunners of the Religious Right - propelled religion into the public sphere. Church membership skyrocketed; Congress added the phrase "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance and made "In God We Trust" the country's official motto. For the first time, America became a thoroughly religious nation.
Provocative and authoritative, One Nation Under God reveals how the comingling of money, religion, and politics created a false origin story that continues to define and divide American politics today.
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By Chawks on 05-06-15
Fascinating book well worth reading.
As a practicing Christian and a republican I have a long wondered how the party of limited government became the party of big government when it comes to religion. This book is the story of how this occurred.
The book is well written and far from being the cure for insomnia. The narrator is also excellent with his intonation and impersonations.
For further background I would suggest God of Liberty: by Thomas S Kidd. This book fills in the historical gaps and is also excellent.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
By Joyce on 07-13-16
Tedious redundant detail
I was interested in the origins and history of how religion has become so intertwined with government and politics. I found the author substantiated the thesis early on. While I appreciate the importance in documenting the facts to substantiate the thesis, I found the level of detail to be painful to the point of redundancy. Tried and tried, but just couldn't keep slogging through the minutiae level of substantiation to enjoy the historical points. If you LOVE detail, i.e. endless quotes and examples (all making the same point), you may enjoy this. Good history lesson, unfortunately weighed down to the point of drowning.
The narration was well-done. Too bad it was this book.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful