The Myth of a Christian Nation

How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church
Author: Gregory A. Boyd
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 031056591X
Category: Religion
Page: 224
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The church was established to serve the world with Christ-like love, not to rule the world. It is called to look like a corporate Jesus, dying on the cross for those who crucified him, not a religious version of Caesar. It is called to manifest the kingdom of the cross in contrast to the kingdom of the sword. Whenever the church has succeeded in gaining what most American evangelicals are now trying to get – political power – it has been disastrous both for the church and the culture. Whenever the church picks up the sword, it lays down the cross. The present activity of the religious right is destroying the heart and soul of the evangelical church and destroying its unique witness to the world. The church is to have a political voice, but we are to have it the way Jesus had it: by manifesting an alternative to the political, “power over,” way of doing life. We are to transform the world by being willing to suffer for others – exercising “power under,” not by getting our way in society – exercising “power over.”

Letter To A Christian Nation


Author: Sam Harris
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446464903
Category: Religion
Page: 112
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"A hard-hitting polemic against religious fundamentalism" - Foreword by Richard Dawkins 'Thousands of people have written to tell me that I am wrong not to believe in God. The most hostile of these communications have come from Christians. This is ironic, as Christians generally imagine that no faith imparts the virtues of love and forgiveness more effectively than their own. The truth is that many who claim to be transformed by Christ's love are deeply, even murderously, intolerant of criticism. While we may want to ascribe this to human nature, it is clear that such hatred draws considerable support from the Bible. How do I know this? The most disturbed of my correspondents always cite chapter and verse.' So begins Letter to a Christian Nation, Sam Harris's hard-hitting rebuttal of religious fundamentalism and blind belief. With deceptively simple arguments, he demolishes the myths on which Christianity was built, challenges believers to open their eyes to the contradictions of their faith and warns us of the dangers of America's ever increasing unification of Church and State. Sam Harris is the author of the New York Times bestseller The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason and winner of the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Non-fiction. He is a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University and is now completing a doctorate in neuroscience. He lives in New York. www.samharris.org

Myth and the Christian Nation

A Social Theory of Religion
Author: Burton L. Mack
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317490584
Category: Religion
Page: 224
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America is widely regarded as the ultimate "Christian Nation." Religious language has always been at the forefront of American politics but this has increased since the events of 9/11. 'Myth and the Christian Nation' presents a startling analysis of how and why Christianity and national identity have been woven together in recent American political discourse. Drawing on examples of religious myth-making across the ancient world 'Myth and the Christian Nation' brings the weight of history to bear on America today, a place where myth, monotheism, sovereignty and power can be harnessed together in the service of specific interests. The book invites readers to rethink the role of religion in the construction of social democracy and to see America afresh.

America - Yes We Are a Christian Nation


Author: Maryann Brickett
Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 1612159222
Category: Religion
Page: 220
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Maryann Brickett was formerly from New England, has traveled the world, and now lives in beautiful south west Florida. Her background is diverse, with former careers in interior decorating, the paralegal field, corporate offices, and currently real estate. She loves to sing, paint, outdoor sports, and obtained a private pilot's license. She fully believes what Proverbs 22:29 says: "Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men." Everyone should strive for excellence in everything they do. Although this is her first book, she hopes it will not be her last.As the mother of 2 wonderful sons who were raised in the Christian faith, law school graduates, and are also politically involved, she felt led to argue the case for all Americans to realize "Yes we are a Christian nation." Her older son has a successful political fundraising business which brings him in contact with many Presidents, politicians and notable people. Her younger son is northeast counsel for the ACLJ, the ADF and has a radio talk show. His eldest son just won the northeast division of the National Bible Bee. They home school their children and are very involved in church life and serving the community. They are not standing before obscure men.We think after you've read this book, you will surely see how the hand of God has been woven throughout the fabric of all aspects of our society, history and culture. When you reach the end of the book the author hopes you too will decide - "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:[email protected]

The United States

A Christian Nation
Author: David Brewer,Patti A. Pierucci
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781534620933
Category:
Page: 78
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In 1892, Associate Supreme Court Justice David Josiah Brewer wrote a unanimous court opinion declaring ... "This is a Christian nation." "I insist that Christianity has been so wrought into the history of this Republic, so identified with its growth and prosperity, has been and is so dear to the hearts of the great body of our citizens, that it ought not be spoken of contemptuously or treated with ridicule," he wrote. Justice Brewer served on the U.S. Supreme Court for 20 years and became known for his relentless exhortation of Christians to perform their moral, religious and citizenship duties to the nation. Yet today, Justice Brewer's words are lost on a secularized society whose citizens recoil from the notion that America's laws should come from a religious conscience. When is the last time anyone in America heard of a legislator offering a law because of his or her Christian beliefs? We are a Christian nation because the people in America are decidedly Christian. Still, our laws, institutions and policies are quickly becoming unchristian, mainly because Christians have been committing political suicide for nearly a century. Blame it on Supreme Court rulings, media bashings, secular education or weak churches; Christians in America routinely censor themselves out of fear of violating some fictitious "separation of Church and State" standard. As Christians we should neither be embarrassed nor cowardly in projecting our faith into the laws of the nation. Christian laws and principles are the foundational concrete upon which the American justice system and guiding doctrines were founded. Whether the United States is a Christian nation matters only if Christians have dominance in America-over its government, social institutions, media, education, social networks, businesses, entertainment, policies, goals and justice system. If Christians are merely spectators, their overwhelming numbers do not matter. They will be merely spectators at a football game, outnumbering the players but unable to make the rules or determine an outcome that will affect not only the teams, but the spectators as well. Christians must ask themselves: Why should we allow the unbelieving, the Jesus-haters, those who mock Christianity, to rule over our lives? They cannot, unless we allow them to. We still have the ball. We have the numbers. But we need to rise up from our seats and perform our Christian duty to America.

What If America Were a Christian Nation Again?


Author: D. James Kennedy
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1418529796
Category: Religion
Page: 272
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Some people would gnash their teeth at the idea that America was – and can be again – a Christian nation. They will not be satisfied until they have removed every vestige of our Christian heritage from our minds and from our surroundings. Yet in this book, D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe document the incontrovertible fact that America began as a Christian nation. And "we can get back on track before it's too late," they say. "What made us great in the first place is our rich Christian heritage. It's time to reclaim America!"

Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?

A Historical Introduction
Author: John Fea
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9781611640885
Category: Religion
Page: 304
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Fea offers an even-handed primer on whether America was founded to be a Christian nation, as many evangelicals assert, or a secular state, as others contend. He approaches the title's question from a historical perspective, helping readers see past the emotional rhetoric of today to the recorded facts of our past. Readers on both sides of the issues will appreciate that this book occupies a middle ground, noting the good points and the less-nuanced arguments of both sides and leading us always back to the primary sources that our shared American history comprises.

Letter to a Christian Nation

Counter Point
Author: Rc Metcalf
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595432646
Category: Religion
Page: 116
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Is Christianity rational? Sam Harris, best-selling author of Letter to a Christian Nation offers a uniquely pointed perspective on Christian America. Mr. Harris views religion today, on the whole, as a highly negative component of American culture. R.C. Metcalf presents a compelling counter treatise challenging Mr. Harris' atheist worldview. Raised in an atheist home and trained in secular universities, Dr. Metcalf, now both scientist and Christian, speaks out in support of evangelical Christianity in America. Does faith inhibit honest science? Is Christianity a danger to society? Are Christian morals irrational? Does evil prove God doesn't exist? Are humans good by nature?

Christian Nation: A Novel


Author: Frederic C. Rich
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393240347
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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“They said what they would do, and we did not listen. Then they did what they said they would do.” So ends the first chapter of this brilliantly readable counterfactual novel, reminding us that America’s Christian fundamentalists have been consistently clear about their vision for a "Christian Nation" and dead serious about acquiring the political power to achieve it. When President McCain dies and Sarah Palin becomes president, the reader, along with the nation, stumbles down a terrifyingly credible path toward theocracy, realizing too late that the Christian right meant precisely what it said. In the spirit of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, one of America’s foremost lawyers lays out in chilling detail what such a future might look like: constitutional protections dismantled; all aspects of life dominated by an authoritarian law called “The Blessing,” enforced by a totally integrated digital world known as the "Purity Web." Readers will find themselves haunted by the questions the narrator struggles to answer in this fictional memoir: "What happened, why did it happen, how could it have happened?"

Citizens of a Christian Nation

Evangelical Missions and the Problem of Race in the Nineteenth Century
Author: Derek Chang
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812205952
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 248
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In America after the Civil War, the emancipation of four million slaves and the explosion of Chinese immigration fundamentally challenged traditional ideas about who belonged in the national polity. As Americans struggled to redefine citizenship in the United States, the "Negro Problem" and the "Chinese Question" dominated the debate. During this turbulent period, which witnessed the Supreme Court's Plessy v. Ferguson decision and passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, among other restrictive measures, American Baptists promoted religion instead of race as the primary marker of citizenship. Through its domestic missionary wing, the American Baptist Home Missionary Society, Baptists ministered to former slaves in the South and Chinese immigrants on the Pacific coast. Espousing an ideology of evangelical nationalism, in which the country would be united around Christianity rather than a particular race or creed, Baptists advocated inclusion of Chinese and African Americans in the national polity. Their hope for a Christian nation hinged on the social transformation of these two groups through spiritual and educational uplift. By 1900, the Society had helped establish important institutions that are still active today, including the Chinese Baptist Church and many historically black colleges and universities. Citizens of a Christian Nation chronicles the intertwined lives of African Americans, Chinese Americans, and the white missionaries who ministered to them. It traces the radical, religious, and nationalist ideology of the domestic mission movement, examining both the opportunities provided by the egalitarian tradition of evangelical Christianity and the limits imposed by its assumptions of cultural difference. The book further explores how blacks and Chinese reimagined the evangelical nationalist project to suit their own needs and hopes. Historian Derek Chang brings together for the first time African American and Chinese American religious histories through a multitiered local, regional, national, and even transnational analysis of race, nationalism, and evangelical thought and practice.

Dr. Gregory Boyd’s Myth of a Christian Nation: A Reply, Refutation and Rebuttal


Author: John Teller
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 1681090171
Category: Religion
Page: N.A
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In his best-selling book, The Myth of a Christian Nation, Dr. Gregory Boyd, argues that the church was established to serve the world with a Christ-like love that is diametrically opposed to the pursuit of political power. At last—there is now a reply, refutation and rebuttal to Dr. Boyd’s treatise and conclusions, which result from misunderstandings of fundamental biblical principles and the selective treatment of Scripture. In this volume, John Teller sets forth a systematic reply to each of Dr. Boyd’s arguments against Christians’ participation in civil government, the military and other civil institutions. This reply and rebuttal to Dr. Boyd’s treatise shows that far from being called to eschew the “power over” kingdom of the sword, Christians are called to be God’s co-laborers in redeeming the kingdom of sword, just as they are called to transform every other aspect of the fallen creation.

Our Christian Founding Fathers

“. . . this is a Christian Nation.”
Author: William Beckman
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 1490878971
Category: History
Page: 312
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The American public has been told what recent historians wanted them to believe: the United States is not a Christian nation. This is true in only one respect. You don’t have to be a Christian following a specific denomination to be an American citizen. However, the ideological foundation this country is based on Christian principles, developed by Christian Founding Fathers. Modern historians have distorted these facts. To correct these distortions, the biographies of the Founding Fathers, their actual statements and Christian beliefs, are presented in this work. The catalyst for the birth of our nation was the moment when Benjamin Franklin, incorrectly considered a Deist by many, suggested that the quarrelsome Continental Convention recognize how the Creator had listened to and answered their prayers in the past. He suggested daily prayer be instituted, asking “... henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this assembly every morning ...” The quarreling continued, but the emphasis became how to successfully unite the newly independent colonies. The colonies united under Christian principles; however, over the years those principles and their original intent have been diluted. Recognizing the condition of the world today, isn’t it a good time to renew those principles?

The Benedict Option

A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation
Author: Rod Dreher
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0735213313
Category: Religion
Page: 272
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Already the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade." —David Brooks In this controversial bestseller, Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life. From the inside, American churches have been hollowed out by the departure of young people and by an insipid pseudo–Christianity. From the outside, they are beset by challenges to religious liberty in a rapidly secularizing culture. Keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House may have bought a brief reprieve from the state’s assault, but it will not stop the West’s slide into decadence and dissolution. Rod Dreher argues that the way forward is actu­ally the way back—all the way to St. Benedict of Nur­sia. This sixth-century monk, horrified by the moral chaos following Rome’s fall, retreated to the forest and created a new way of life for Christians. He built enduring communities based on principles of order, hospitality, stability, and prayer. His spiritual centers of hope were strongholds of light throughout the Dark Ages, and saved not just Christianity but Western civilization. Today, a new form of barbarism reigns. Many believers are blind to it, and their churches are too weak to resist. Politics offers little help in this spiritual crisis. What is needed is the Benedict Option, a strategy that draws on the authority of Scripture and the wisdom of the ancient church. The goal: to embrace exile from mainstream culture and construct a resilient counterculture. The Benedict Option is both manifesto and rallying cry for Christians who, if they are not to be conquered, must learn how to fight on culture war battlefields like none the West has seen for fifteen hundred years. It's for all mere Chris­tians—Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox—who can read the signs of the times. Neither false optimism nor fatalistic despair will do. Only faith, hope, and love, embodied in a renewed church, can sustain believers in the dark age that has overtaken us. These are the days for building strong arks for the long journey across a sea of night.

Bonds of Affection

Americans Define Their Patriotism
Author: John E. Bodnar
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691043968
Category: History
Page: 352
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In Bonds of Affection, a group of scholars explore the manner in which Americans have discussed and practiced their patriotism over the course of two hundred years. To what extent has the promise of a "government of the people, by the people, and for the people" explained citizen loyalty? Have there been any other factors in American history that account for the attachments individuals have felt toward their nation - such as devotion to home and family

One Nation Under God?

An Evangelical Critique of Christian America
Author: John D. Wilsey
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630876321
Category: Religion
Page: 226
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Is America a Christian nation? This question has loomed large in American culture since the Puritans arrived on American shores in the early seventeenth century. More recently, the Christian America thesis has been advocated by many evangelical leaders across the denominational spectrum. This book contributes to the conversation by critiquing, from an evangelical perspective, the idea that America is a Christian nation as articulated by specific writers over the past three decades. Wilsey asserts that the United States was not conceived as a Christian nation, but as a nation with religious liberty. Herein lies the genius of the Founders and the uniqueness of America.

Our Non-Christian Nation

How Atheists, Satanists, Pagans, and Others Are Demanding Their Rightful Place in Public Life
Author: Jay Wexler
Publisher: Redwood Press
ISBN: 9780804798990
Category: Law
Page: 216
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In recent years, members of minority religions and atheists have rightly taken advantage of Supreme Court decisions that open up government funding, institutions, and property to participate in public life alongside the Christian majority. Jay Wexler argues for the importance of this movement and travels around the country to meet some of the people on its front line.

Gloryland

Christian Suburbia, Christian Nation
Author: H. B. Cavalcanti
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313348129
Category: Political Science
Page: 177
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Documents the transformation of Christian conservatism into a middle-class, suburban faith.