culture wars have distorted the dramatic story of how Americans came to worship
freely. Many activists on the right maintain that the United States was founded
as a “Christian nation.” Many on the left contend that the Founders were secular
or deist and that the First Amendment was designed to boldly separate church
and state throughout the land. None of these claims are true, argues
Beliefnet.com editor in chief Steven Waldman.
refreshing objectivity, Waldman narrates the real story of how our nation’s founders
forged a new approach to religious liberty, a revolutionary formula that
promoted faith—by leaving it alone. The spiritual custody battle over the
Founding Fathers and the role of religion in America continues today. Waldman
provocatively argues that neither side in the culture war has accurately
depicted the true origins of the First Amendment. He sets the record straight,
revealing the real history of religious freedom to be dramatic, unexpected,
paradoxical, and inspiring. Download and start listening now!