Bestselling author Stephen Prothero addresses the question of "Whose America is this," by exploring American political discourse and the significant texts that make up the living history of the American people.
American politics is broken because we have forgotten how to talk with one another. Instead of arguing on behalf of of our nation, we argue on behalf of our party.
The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation reacquaints us with the oft-quoted (and misquoted) speeches, songs, and sayings that animate our politics, inspire social action, and drive our debates about who is—and is not—a real American. It reconnects us with a surprising tradition of civility that manages to be both critical of Americans shortcomings and hopeful for positive change.
To explore these "scriptures," is to revisit what Americans have said about liberty and equality and to revitalize our ongoing conversation about the future of the American experiment.
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His scripture comprises a set of essays, speeches and fiction that, in his judgment, have largely influenced the United States’ self-image.Read Full Review of The American Bible
Like the Declaration of Independence, this almost consecrated canon inspires endless commentary about what it means to be American, and what "America" means.Read Full Review of The American Bible
For although it is not a book about biblical interpretation or a North American hermeneutical methodology, it can, like the original Bible, offer one a glimpse of the best humanity can muster.Read Full Review of The American Bible
The goal of the Bible is no small thing: Prothero wants nothing less than to raise the level of public discourse and civility.Read Full Review of The American Bible
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