The Godless Constitution: A Moral Defense of the Secular State

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Norton, 2005 - History - 224 pages
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The Godless Constitution is an urgent and timely reexamination of the roots of church-state separation in American politics - and a ringing refutation of the misguided claims of the religious right. In this important polemic two distinguished scholars of American political ideas and religion refute this dangerous attempt to introduce what they term "religious correctness" into our politics, by reminding us that the absence of any mention of God in the Constitution was a conscious action on the framers' part, intended to prevent the bloody religious controversies that so marked European history. They also emphasize that church-state separation was seen as a guarantee of - not a hindrance to - religions liberty. Fully respecting the importance of religion in the public sphere, yet forthright in defining proper limits, The Godless Constitution offers a bracing return to the first principles of American democracy - and a guide to keeping them intact in the forthcoming presidential campaign.

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The Godless Constitution (book review)
By: Isaac Kramnick & R. Laurence Moore
I am not sure how I got this book other than I somehow added it to my cart on Amazon while looking at other books
. One of the best mistakes I have made on a book purchase. I enjoyed this book immensely and one of the reasons is I disagreed with it so much. The book was a compelling challenge.
The thesis of the book is seen clearly in the provocative title and I agree with it 100%. Raised in a wonderful Christian home from birth I know that the history of the Founding Fathers and early America was distorted. This was not the fault of my parents and not near as bad as the history the poor public educated students get (if you can even call what they have history).
For the past 5-6 years I have been slowly discovering many truths about history and how we got here from there. For the most part both the right and the left have it wrong. This book goes a long way in clearing up the mess.
The foundation of this book is the writings of Jefferson and Locke – two of my personal heroes. The wall of separation that Jefferson talked about was, in fact, just what he said. This was not some code for religion to get involved with the state (or the federal). I think what the Christian Right misunderstands is that we should have no religion in government, but seek to elect representatives with strong moral values.
I have been a believer in G-d from my earliest childhood memories and have sought to follow in the bible's commands through my adult life. The more I study religion and governments the more I see a secular government is the best.

About the author (2005)

R. Laurence Moore is Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies and History at Cornell University.

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