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The Resource Religion in America : a political history, Denis Lacorne ; translated by George Holoch

Religion in America : a political history, Denis Lacorne ; translated by George Holoch

Label
Religion in America : a political history
Title
Religion in America
Title remainder
a political history
Statement of responsibility
Denis Lacorne ; translated by George Holoch
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Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
Denis Lacorne identifies two competing narratives defining the American identity. The first narrative, derived from the philosophy of the Enlightenment, is essentially secular. Associated with the Founding Fathers and reflected in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers, this line of reasoning is predicated on separating religion from politics to preserve political freedom from an overpowering church. Prominent thinkers such as Voltaire, Thomas Paine, and Jean-Nicolas Démeunier, who viewed the American project as a radical attempt to create a new regime free from religion and the weight of ancient history, embraced this American effort to establish a genuine "wall of separation" between church and state. The second narrative is based on the premise that religion is a fundamental part of the American identity and emphasizes the importance of the original settlement of America by New England Puritans. This alternative vision was elaborated by Whig politicians and Romantic historians in the first half of the nineteenth century. It is still shared by modern political scientists such as Samuel Huntington. These thinkers insist America possesses a core, stable "Creed" mixing Protestant and republican values. Lacorne outlines the role of religion in the making of these narratives and examines, against this backdrop, how key historians, philosophers, novelists, and intellectuals situate religion in American politics
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lacorne, Denis
Dewey number
261.70973
Index
no index present
LC call number
BR515
LC item number
.L2513 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Religion, culture and public life
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Umschulungswerkstätten für Siedler und Auswanderer
  • Christianity and politics
  • United States
  • Christianity and politics
  • United States
  • Politik
  • Christentum
  • Christianity and politics
  • United States
Label
Religion in America : a political history, Denis Lacorne ; translated by George Holoch
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [209]-225)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
America, the land of religious utopias -- The rehabilitation of the Puritans -- Evangelical awakenings -- The Bible wars -- Religion, race, and national identity -- A godless America -- The rise of the religious right -- The wall of separation between church and state -- Epilogue: Obama's faith-friendly secularism
Control code
ocn693812399
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 225 p.
Isbn
9780231151009
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011014314
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780231151009
  • (OCoLC)693812399
Label
Religion in America : a political history, Denis Lacorne ; translated by George Holoch
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [209]-225)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
America, the land of religious utopias -- The rehabilitation of the Puritans -- Evangelical awakenings -- The Bible wars -- Religion, race, and national identity -- A godless America -- The rise of the religious right -- The wall of separation between church and state -- Epilogue: Obama's faith-friendly secularism
Control code
ocn693812399
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 225 p.
Isbn
9780231151009
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011014314
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780231151009
  • (OCoLC)693812399

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