A Christian Nation?

Was America founded as a Christian nation? How you answer this question reveals a certain understanding of American history. The answer may also say something about your view of the role of religion in American government and public live. And, for certain Christians, the answer has to do with a theological understanding of America as a nation somehow unique in God’s plans.

This 30 minute video interview with prolific Christian historians Mark Noll and George Marsden addresses America’s founding with important – and often neglected – historical nuance. I wish all American Christians would take the advice given by Noll and Marsden to acknowledge the messy complexities of America’s religious roots.

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David Swanson
David Swanson is the pastor of New Community Covenant Church [Bronzeville] on Chicago's South Side. He blogs often and has authored countless articles for prominent Christian publications.