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ISBN-13: 978-0312320232 ISBN-10: 031232023X

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031232023X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312320232
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,646,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Church, senior minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in Manhattan and author of Bringing God Home and Life Lines, digs deeply into the American past in this brief treatise on history and faith. Church argues that the "American Creed"-which employs a language of faith but transcends "religious particulars, uniting all citizens in a single covenant"-is an appropriate and generous principle upon which to found a great nation. This creed, he says, is distilled in the Declaration of Independence, which he dissects here alongside many other American standards. He examines the motto "In God We Trust," analyzes national hymns such as "America the Beautiful" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" and studies the holiday tradition of Thanksgiving, which he calls "an American Seder." Those who are familiar with Church's opus, which often features him as a kind of bemused and even cynical observer of the national scene, will be startled to find him optimistic and open-handed here. He resists cheap shots at easy targets, such as the religious right, even while lauding such liberal icons as Martin Luther King Jr. and Eleanor Roosevelt alongside American presidents such as Washington and Lincoln. Innovative chapters also herald the theological contributions of Jonathan Edwards and Roger Williams to the fashioning of American ideals. Church argues for a middle course between fundamentalists who want to inject a narrow Christianity into the national agenda (and claim that the nation's founders would have approved of such an encroachment) and secularists who wish to divorce the state entirely from its roots, which are steeped in faith. This marvelous primer accessibly and fairly explores the intersection of freedom and faith in American life.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A senior minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City, Church (Bringing God Home) has authored or edited some 20 books. Here he looks at the union of freedom and faith in America, which resulted in the concepts of inalienable rights and everyone's being created equal. America has not always lived up to the ideals stated in the Declaration of Independence, but self-criticism, he argues, should not become self-hatred. "To live up to the promise of our creed, we must rekindle aspiration for its attainment," says Church. With this in mind, he traces the history of the country from the Pilgrims to 9/11, examining the creeds that have guided its development. Church believes that the union of freedom and faith is what informs the American soul, and the combination of American optimism and faith is what generates real hope for the future. He makes a convincing argument that our concepts of equality and inalienable rights come out of a faith in a higher being. His book should appeal to those interested in history as well as faith; recommended for public and academic libraries.
C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, IN
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By English Major on October 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
FORREST CHURCH's BOOK : AMERICAN PRIMER
Forrest Church has done it again.
In this time of world chaos and national confusion,he provides not only food for thought and understanding about ourselves and others around the world, but helps us tap into our own courage and re-dedication to our principals as we make choices about actions.

He doesn't tell us how to think and act, but instead provides us information and perspectives. Good for any age.
Interesting discussions could be activated by this book in families, among friends or students as well as among our leaders.
B.O'Reilly, Idaho
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patepluma DXer on June 14, 2008
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In just a few pages (about 160), Church explains what the United States is all about. He doesn't gloss over the low points or over glamorize the highs. Instead, he just looks at when do we live up to the ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence (the American Creed) and we do we trample on those ideals? American history is an up and down cycle of following that creed. Read this and then get the much heavier A People's History of the United States, and then you will be well versed on the real meaning behind American history.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Newman on September 29, 2003
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Church doesn't resort to flag waving. Nor does he engage in self-loathing or America bashing. He takes an even-handed approach, describing what makes the country great, and why we have to eternally be considering and reconsidering our actions as a nation. He reminds us of the great basic premises of the country, citing history and philosophy. A true handbook of reflection for the patriot or student of American history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
I picked up the The American Creed in the bargain bin at Barnes and Noble. It appeared to be a patriot pro-faith book, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I enjoyed the book, as it laid out the message of the Declaration of Independence and the importance of faith in our culture. Forrest Church is a gifted writer. His style and prose is elegant and poetic. He started with our nation's founding and then began jumping through history with an underlying theme that our country and experiment in democracy has not been perfect, but that great leaders have drawn from the strength of our "American Creed" to continue to push forward democracy. However, the book fell short in a few areas and left me a little disappointed.

My biggest problem with it were his choices of the events where the american creed was used. He tended to focus mostly on Democrat presidents and their speeches, but not the actual consequences of their policies. He spent an entire chapter on FDR and JFK each analyzing their most famous speaches (the Four Freedoms and the Ask not what your country can do for you, respectively.) Presidential speeches are hollow, meaningless, and often inconsequential. But after reading these chapters, I thought, okay, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, because surely, I'm about to read about Reagan and his tireless lifelong war against communism. But then I got to the one paragraph on Ronald Reagan and here is what is said.

"However one may view his policies, President Ronald Reagan owed much of his electoral success and his persuasiveness as a leader to the eloquence with which he reclaimed American symbols such as the flag. The country remained divided.
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By jlidstrom on December 29, 2012
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Great read! Forest Church was a great writer of early American religious history and a great UU Pastor. He will be missed.
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More About the Author

FORREST CHURCH is currently serving his thirtieth year as minister of All Souls Church in Manhattan. He earned his doctorate in church history at Harvard and has written or edited twenty-two books, including The Separation of Church and State. He lives in New York.

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