We’re apparently hitting a spate of blog entries about historical books. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since history remains tied to reading and to books.
In America today there remains quite a bit of a debate about the religious character of the American Founding. This has been an on-going interest of mine and one that has inspired my investigation of the Federalist Party.
It turns out there’s a lot of complexity on this issue. Nuance is required. You can’t give a single, easily digestible answer.
So, is there a way of wading into that complexity? One historian who has done an admirable job is John Fea of Messiah College. John has published a great primer entitled Was America Founded as a Christian Nation: A Historical Introduction. I’ve taught the book in my U.S. history survey course, and I look forward to doing so again. Students have responded well to it. The book is well worth the read, and I highly recommend it.
The Journal of Church and State asked me to write a formal review of the book. They have now given me Advance Access permission to share it. Please follow this link to read the review.
Then, if you want to keep up with John, you can follow his engaging blog The Way of Improvement Leads Home.