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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Garry Wills Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A landmark examination of Christianity’s place in American life across the broad sweep of this country’s history, from the Puritans to the presidential administration of George W. Bush.

The struggle within American Christianity, Garry Wills argues, now and throughout our country’s history, is between the head and the heart: between reason and emotion, Enlightenment and Evangelism. Why has this been so? How has the tension between the two poles played out, and with what consequences, over the past 400 years? How “Christian” is America, after all? Garry Wills brings a lifetime’s worth of thought about these questions to bear on a magnificent historical reckoning that offers much needed perspective on some of the most contentious issues of our time.

Garry Wills closes with a penetrating dissection of the Religious Right’s current machinations and the threat they pose to the enlightened religion that has proved to be such a fertile and enduring force throughout American history. But in the end, Wills’s abiding message is to be vigilant against the triumph of emotions over reason, but to know that the tension between the two is in fact necessary, inevitable, and unending.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Challenge[s] the conventional wisdom on many issues while synthesizing much of the finest recent scholarship.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A major contribution to the national debate over separation of church and state.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Essential reading.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Lucid and grandly informative…As cogent as it is refreshing.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The story is enlightening and a fascinating glimpse into a relatively unexamined past.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jcurmudge | 11/30/2013

    " Started in Dec.2007. Finished 1/23/08. A heavy documentation of the role of religion in the American political process from the earliest to today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeffrey Stott | 11/27/2013

    " Good Overview of American religious history "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sherri | 11/19/2013

    " I read the early chapters about the Puritans, the Great Awakening, Deism and Unitarianism. The book explains the historical origins of American Christianity, and Garry Wills offers excellent insight on the basis for current trends in American Christianity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David Shank | 10/25/2013

    " Excellent history of religion in america. This book should be required reading before anyone spouts off about whether this is a christina nation or what the religious beliefs of our founding fathers was. "

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About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”