One Nation without God?: The Battle for Christianity in an Age of Unbelief [NOOK Book]

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Is there a place for Christianity in America's future?

"Never losing his seasoned reporter's eye for detail, Aikman steps back to develop a wide-angle view of history and addresses a burning issue for America. A signal contribution to the current debate on the real state of the Union."--Os Guinness, author...
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One Nation without God?: The Battle for Christianity in an Age of Unbelief

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Overview

Is there a place for Christianity in America's future?

"Never losing his seasoned reporter's eye for detail, Aikman steps back to develop a wide-angle view of history and addresses a burning issue for America. A signal contribution to the current debate on the real state of the Union."--Os Guinness, author of A Free People's Suicide

"Readers searching for a succinct overview of the Christian role in America's past and present will relish David Aikman's balanced assessments and mellifluous prose."--Dr. Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief, World

"In this stimulating book, David Aikman deftly assesses America's religious heritage and the possible consequences should Americans turn away from that heritage. From the founding of the early American colonies to contemporary trends in media and university life, Aikman offers an excellent introduction to a range of vital issues that have helped spawn today's culture wars."--Thomas S. Kidd, associate professor of history at Baylor University and author of Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots

"David Aikman's excellent book comes amid strenuous arguments about whether the United States is or was a Christian country and whether it could or should be one. These debates often ignore the complexity of Christianity's varying role in our history and are notably vague about what it might actually mean for America to be Christian. In this setting One Nation without God? clarifies the key issues through a lucid, spirited, and evenhanded overview of Christianity's role in American history and its possible futures. It is necessary reading."--Paul Marshall, author and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom
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Publishers Weekly
In his latest book, journalist and author Aikman (The Mirage of Peace) digs deep into the history of American Christianity, offering his own analysis of whether the United States was ever a Christian nation and how American religiosity has changed over time. He speaks in strong terms, calling America's mockery of Christianity a damaging, hostile "assault." The author spends two of the five total chapters on history, from the faith of the founders (a la Jon Meacham's The American Gospel) to the attitudes of the millennial generation. Though the timeline suggests that American Christianity has waxed and waned over the years, Aikman concludes that views of religion have ultimately worsened as a result of skepticism taught in universities and aggressive atheism promoted by the media. Despite a lack of tangible solutions and generalizations about Christians' political leanings, the book's broad and deep sourcing and Aikman's ability to include academic assessments without getting bogged down in academic jargon make this an ideal response to such other books as Letters to a Christian Nation and Myth of a Christian Nation. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441235848
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 664,697
  • File size: 748 KB

Meet the Author

David Aikman is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist, a bestselling author, and a foreign affairs commentator based in the Washington, DC, area. His wide-ranging professional achievements include a 23-year career at TIME Magazine and ten books. He has appeared as a commentator and guest on all the major news networks, including NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX News, and the BBC and his editorials regularly air on radio stations across the US. He lives in Virginia.
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Table of Contents

1 Not a Christian Nation? The Battle for Our National Identity 9

2 Where Are the Christians in America? Withdrawal vs. Retreat 35

3 Was America Ever a Christian Nation? The Intention to Form a Christian Community 55

4 American Christianity and the Challenge of Modernity: The Rise of a Secular Intelligentsia 115

5 Countertrends: God Is Coming Back 163

Acknowledgments 191

Notes 193

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