The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America/God and the Constitution

The cover of Frank Lambert’s book shows Philadelphia’s Independence Hall; Paul Marshall’s, the U.S. Capitol. This invocation of, respectively, the historical and contemporary seats of American political power tells us a great deal about our tendencies to equate the United States with the buildings in which its official business is transacted. It tells us less, however, about the two books. The events that took place at Independence Hall occupy only two of the ten chapters in Lambert’s engaging account of religion in early American life.


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