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The religion of democracy : seven liberals and the American moral tradition, Amy Kittelstrom

The religion of democracy : seven liberals and the American moral tradition
The religion of democracy
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seven liberals and the American moral tradition
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Amy Kittelstrom
"A history of religion's role in the American liberal tradition through the eyes of seven transformative thinkers. Today we associate liberal thought and politics with secularism. When we argue over whether the nation's founders meant to keep religion out of politics, the godless side is said to be liberal. But the role of religion in American politics has always been far more nuanced and complex than today's debates would suggest and closer to the heart of American intellectual life than is commonly understood. American democracy was intended by its creators to be more than just a political system, and in The Religion of Democracy, historian Amy Kittelstrom shows how religion and democracy have worked together as universal ideals in American culture--and as guides to moral action and the social practice of treating one another as equals who deserve to be free. The first people in the world to call themselves 'liberals' were New England Christians in the early republic, for whom being liberal meant being receptive to a range of beliefs and values. The story begins in the mid-eighteenth century, when the first Boston liberals brought the Enlightenment into Reformation Christianity, tying equality and liberty to the human soul at the same moment these root concepts were being tied to democracy. The nineteenth century saw the development of a robust liberal intellectual culture in America, built on open-minded pursuit of truth and acceptance of human diversity. By the twentieth century, what had begun in Boston as a narrow, patrician democracy transformed into a religion of democracy in which the new liberals of modern America believed that where different viewpoints overlap, common truth is revealed. The core American principles of liberty and equality were never free from religion but full of religion. The Religion of Democracy re-creates the liberal conversation from the eighteenth century to the twentieth by tracing the lived connections among seven thinkers through whom they knew, what they read and wrote, where they went, and how they expressed their opinions--from John Adams to William James to Jane Addams; from Boston to Chicago to Berkeley. Sweeping and ambitious, The Religion of Democracy is a lively narrative of quintessentially American ideas as they were forged, debated, and remade across our history"--
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The religion of democracy
A historian demonstrates the relationship between religion and democracy through the words of seven liberal-thinking Americans from the 18th through 20th centuries including John Adams, William James and Jane Addams
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.K58 2015
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seven liberals and the American moral tradition
seven liberals and the American moral tradition
Amy Kittelstrom
The religion of democracy : seven liberals and the American moral tradition, Amy Kittelstrom
The religion of democracy : seven liberals and the American moral tradition, Amy Kittelstrom
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction: An American Reformation -- John Adams, Reformation Christian : The Protestant Moral Ethic and the Spirit of Independence -- Mary Moody Emerson, Natural Christian : The Culture of Lived Virtue and the Fight Against Bigotry -- William Ellery Channing, Practical Christian : Universal Inner Divinity and Self-Culture -- William James, Practical Idealist : The Man of the World and the Method of Nature -- Thomas Davidson, Liberal : Freedom, Fellowship, and the Socialization of Self-Culture -- William Mackintire Salter, New Liberal : Ethical Culture and Social Progress -- Jane Addams, Social Democrat : Universal Needs and the Cooperative Road to International Peace -- Conclusion: An American Century?
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