In Under God, Pulitzer Prize winner and eminent political observer Garry Wills sheds light on the frequent collision between American politics and American religion.
Beginning with the 1988 presidential contest, an election that included two ministers and a senator accused of sin, award-winning author Garry Wills surveys the tapestry of American history to show the continuity of present controversies with past religious struggles, and argues that the secular standards of the Founding Fathers have been misunderstood. He shows that despite reactionary fire-breathers and fanatics, religion has often been a progressive force in American politics, and explains why the policy of a separate church and state has, ironically, made the position of the church stronger.
Marked by the extraordinary quality of observation that has defined Will’s work, Under God is a rich, original look at why religion and politics will never be separate in the United States.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
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About the Author
Date of Birth:May 22, 1934
Place of Birth:Atlanta, GA
Education:St. Louis University, B.A., 1957; Xavier University, M.A., 1958; Yale University, Ph.D., 1961
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wills brings a learned and sharp analysis to issues of politics and religion, mostly in discussions of 1980's presidential campaigns. The intellectual history component is at times lost in the journalistic descriptions; a tighter work would emerge from some revision. But Wills' insights into debates still current are gems not to be missed. As a history instructor, socialist, and agnostic/former Roman catholic, I find his combination of progressive politics and Augustinian religiosity a rare and rewarding perspective. a truly impressive mind, he has written brief books on Jesus, Paul and the Gospels, which I would recommend... as well any of his books on USA history.