Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 5, 2012 - History - 480 pages
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A revelatory look at the separation of church and state in America—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Great Influenza
 
For four hundred years, Americans have fought over the proper relationships between church and state and between a free individual and the state. This is the story of the first battle in that war of ideas, a battle that led to the writing of the First Amendment and that continues to define the issue of the separation of church and state today. It began with religious persecution and ended in revolution, and along the way it defined the nature of America and of individual liberty. Acclaimed historian John M. Barry explores the development of these fundamental ideas through the story of Roger Williams, who was the first to link religious freedom to individual liberty, and who created in America the first government and society on earth informed by those beliefs. This book is essential to understanding the continuing debate over the role of religion and political power in modern life.

  

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Review: Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty

User Review  - Janet - Goodreads

Thank you John M. Barry. It has been a long time since I have read a book that made me use so much of my brain. I had to get out the dictionary a few times for unfamiliar words. This was a very well ... Read full review

Review: Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty

User Review  - Jason Reeser - Goodreads

It is difficult to describe my interest in this book. I saw it at the book store and thought "What an odd subject." Yet at the same time it really intrigued me and I had a feeling it would be a great ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
Part I
CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 20
CHAPTER 21
Part V
CHAPTER 22
CHAPTER 23
CHAPTER 24
CHAPTER 25
Part VI

Part II
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
CHAPTER 11
Part III
CHAPTER 12
CHAPTER 13
CHAPTER 14
CHAPTER 15
CHAPTER 16
CHAPTER 17
Part IV
CHAPTER 18
CHAPTER 19
CHAPTER 26
CHAPTER 27
CHAPTER 28
CHAPTER 29
CHAPTER 30
CHAPTER 31
Part VII
CHAPTER 32
CHAPTER 33
CHAPTER 34
AFTERWORD
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

John M. Barry is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Great Influenza and the prizewinning history Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America. He divides his time between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Washington, D.C.

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