The American gospel—literally, the good news about America—is that religion shapes our public life without controlling it, posits historian and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham. From John Winthrop's "city on a hill" sermon to Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence, from a proposed 19th-century Christian Constitutional Amendment to Martin Luther King Jr.'s call for civil rights, this book vividly portrays the human story of how the Founding Fathers themselves viewed faith and how they created a nation in which belief in God is a matter of choice.
"A refreshingly clear, balanced, and wise historical portrait of religion and American politics at exactly the moment when such fairness and understanding are much needed. Anyone who doubts the relevance of history to our own time has only to read this exceptional book."—David McCullough