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Liberating the Founders

Posted by Skeptigator on November 10, 2008

A couple weeks ago I heard an excellent program on NPR about the separation of church and state. On Sundays at 4PM local, Krista Tippett hosts the show Speaking of Faith.

On the October 30th show, Krista Tippett interviewed Steven Waldman (here) who runs the BeliefNet.com website. Steven Waldman speaks ostensibly about his book Founding Faith however he delves quite a bit into the early role of Evangelical Christians in establishing the separation of church and state.

I would highly recommend his book as well as listening to this podcast.

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Steve Waldman on Fresh Air

Posted by neuralgourmet on March 15, 2008

Founder of BeliefnetSteven Waldman is the founder of Beliefnet, perhaps the most highly trafficked website on religion and spirituality. He has a new book out entitled Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America in which he debunks some of the myths surrounding the religious beliefs of the Founding Fathers. He says that the United States was not founded to be a “Christian nation” as many politicians and clergy on the right (and some on the left) are fond of declaring these days but neither was it founded as a secular nation. Instead, religious liberty was the intent of our early leaders. He appeared this past Tuesday on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terri Gross. Visitors to NPR’s website can listen to the interview and read an excerpt of Waldman’s book.

I haven’t listened to the interview yet, but thought some of our members might be interested. If you’d like to learn more about these issues I can highly recommend Susan Jacoby’s book Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism.

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