Friday, May 30, 2014

Is Your Church Reading "Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?"

When I wrote Was America Founded as a Christian Nation: A Historical Introduction? I hoped it would be read by Christians as part of study groups and Sunday School classes.  I am gratified that this seems to be happening.  In fact, several church groups that have read the book have invited me to come and speak on the subject.

I just learned that the latest church to use Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? is the Lutheran Church of the Master in Carol Stream, IL.  Pastor Greg Moser just began a summer-long study on the book.  Here is a taste of the announcement from the church blog:

Is America a Christian Nation?
Discussion Begins Sunday, May 25 at 8:45 am
I invite you to a summer long read of the book, Was America Founded as a Christian Nation by John Fea. We will read a chapter each week and I will lead a guided conversation each Sunday morning at 8:45 am, beginning on May 25. So pick up a copy of the book* and let’s learn and grow together. The book is a college level read, but for a history buff … a great read.
“This is a wonderful book—fascinating, timely, carefully researched, clearly written, and deeply helpful. It examines the Christian nation idea as expressed by the founders and also as it has shaped the country ever since (and still does). As a scholar, Professor Fea leaves no doubt of his disdain for those who ‘cherry pick’ the historical record to support contemporary arguments. Rather, he presents such a balanced view of the hard facts that neither the Christian nation advocates nor their critics can feel totally vindicated.”
–Bob Abernethy, executive editor and host of PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly; coeditor of The Life of Meaning