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Great introduction to a complicated topic
on March 28, 2015
As a life-long student of history and a teacher of both history and political science for the last 25 years, I found Waldman's book very enlightening. There are no easy answers to the question "Was America founded as a Christian nation"? and Waldman points that out without beating you over the head or leading you to one answer or the other. The answer is complicated, which is exactly the point, and anyone who says that they know what the founders intended is either lying, a fool, or both since the term "founders" cannot be easily defined. These were men from varied backgrounds, religious backgrounds and political philosophies. Yes, there were over-arching similarities, but there were still enough differences that required compromise among them when it came to the phrasing of the First Amendment. This book is an easy read. If anything, it has whet my appetite to delve into a more intricate examination of the topic.