Divided States of America? : What Liberals and Conservatives are missing in the God-and-country shouting Match!

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-01-11
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Christian Pub
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A popular look at the separation of church and state: what it is, what it isn't, and why it matters for the future of religion in America.Everywhere, it seems, the question is being raised, "What's God got to do with America?" According to Richard Land, both sides of the worldview wars, Liberals and Conservatives, are fundamentally missing the mark. "The country needs a new way to think about this question," says Dr. Land. "When neither side is interested in listening to the other, but each side responds by shouting so loudly that their opponents either can't or won't listen, you generate a lot of heat, but very little light. And while the shouting match may make good media, the truth is that underlying this debate are critical assumptions that will radically shape the future of this country for good or for ill. It's high time we realize what they are and learn how to respond in ways that will cut through our current cultural impasse."

Author Biography

Princeton (A.B., magna cum laude) and Oxford (D.Phil.) educated Richard Land serves as president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics Religious Liberty Commission. Land has represented evangelicals before Congress and U.S. presidents and has served as a commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom since 2001. A prolific author, Land has served as a pastor, professor, theologian, and public policy advocate.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introduction to the 2011 Editionp. xiii
What's God Got to Do with America?p. 1
What Liberals Are Missingp. 17
What Conservatives Are Missingp. 35
Where Has God Been in America?p. 61
All the Presidents' Faithp. 79
Why We're So Confused about Church and Statep. 105
Is There a New Religion Penalty in America?p. 139
What Happens When You Mix God and Country-and What Happens When You Don't?p. 165
Does America Have a Special Role in the World?p. 187
Soul Freedom-a Divine Mandate?p. 211
What Does It Mean to Say, "God Bless America"?p. 225
A Modest Proposal for Religious Accommodation in Public Schoolsp. 245
The Barmen Declarationp. 249
Bibles and Scripture Passages Used by Presidents in Taking the Oath of Officep. 255
Presidential Addressesp. 259
The Universal Declaration of Human Rightsp. 289
Avoidance, Accommodation, and Acknowledgment: Comparison and Contrastp. 297
Notesp. 299
Acknowledgmentsp. 313
About the Authorp. 315
Indexp. 317
Scripture Indexp. 327
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