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