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Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding

Steven K. Green


This book examines the evidence supporting claims that America’s founding principles are based in part on religion. These claims usually center on the Puritan background to republican government (e.g. the Mayflower Compact), assertions of divine providence directing the leaders and events of the American Revolution, and the religious beliefs of various Founders. The book demonstrates that the notion of a Christian origin for American government is one of the nation’s leading founding myths, one that was consciously created during the early nineteenth century as part of the drive to establish a ... More

Keywords: Christian America, national identity myth, Puritans, Mayflower compact, American Revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190230975
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190230975.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven K. Green, author
Fred H. Paulus Professor of Law, Affilliated Professor of History, and Director of the Center for Religion, Law, and Democracy, Willamette University, Salem, OR

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