One Nation without God?
The Battle for Christianity in an Age of Unbelief
by David Aikman
Pub Date 01 Sep 2012
Pub Date 01 Sep 2012
Christianity in America is under siege. From litigation over coaches starting games with prayer to expulsion from college for refusing to endorse beliefs at odds with the Christian faith, hardly a week goes by without news of the declining influence that Christianity has in the public square. Can Christianity in this country survive the advances of secularists and remain influential in our culture? And if a new spiritual awakening is possible, what form will it take?
Supported by an astonishing parade of concrete examples and direct quotes from reporters, judges, bloggers, and influencers, David Aikman turns a journalist's eye on the rise of hostility toward Christian expression in America and the alarming decline of orthodox belief among those who call themselves Christians. He explores the inspiring history of Christianity in America, the powerful cultural influences that have weakened the church, and the bright spots of hope he sees across the country, suggesting possible ways Christian influence in America might be refined--and revived.
If you are concerned about the state of the nation, this is a message you can't afford to miss.Endorsements
"Never losing his seasoned reporter's eye for detail, Aikman steps back to develop a wide-angle view of history and addresses a burning issue for America. A signal contribution to the current debate on the real state of the Union."—Os Guinness, author of A Free People's Suicide"Readers searching for a succinct overview of the Christian role in America's past and present will relish David Aikman's balanced assessments and mellifluous prose."--Dr. Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief, World
"In this stimulating book, David Aikman deftly assesses America's religious heritage and the possible consequences should Americans turn away from that heritage. From the founding of the early American colonies to contemporary trends in media and university life, Aikman offers an excellent introduction to a range of vital issues that have helped spawn today's culture wars."--Thomas S. Kidd, associate professor of history at Baylor University and author of Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots
"David Aikman's excellent book comes amid strenuous arguments about whether the United States is or was a Christian country and whether it could or should be one. These debates often ignore the complexity of Christianity's varying role in our history and are notably vague about what it might actually mean for America to be Christian. In this setting One Nation without God? clarifies the key issues through a lucid, spirited, and evenhanded overview of Christianity's role in American history and its possible futures. It is necessary reading."--Paul Marshall, author and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom