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Imagining Judeo-Christian America – Religion, Secularism, and the Redefinition of Democracy - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Imagining Judeo-Christian America: Religion, Secularism, and the Redefinition of Democracy

K. Healan Gaston


The claim that the United States is a “Judeo-Christian” nation emerged in the 1930s and remains central to American political culture today, even as its political resonances have shifted. This book offers the first comprehensive history of America’s Judeo-Christian discourse, from its nineteenth-century prehistory right up to the present. By examining the public debates around Judeo-Christian formulations of democracy and American national identity, the book reveals sharp disagreements between various groups of Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and nonbelievers over church-state relations and reli ... More

Keywords: Catholics, church-state relations, culture wars, democracy, ews, Judeo-Christian discourse, political culture, Protestants, religion and politics, secularism, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226663715
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226663999.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

K. Healan Gaston, author
Harvard Divinity School

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