The Religion of Democracy
Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
May 31 2018
“Liberal” was originally a religious word?
Historian Amy Kittelstrom narrates the history of how our New England Congregationalist ancestors gave birth to a new American Reformation that resulted in democracy and our belief in universal human rights. In The Religion of Democracy: Seven Liberals and the American Moral Tradition she explores the moral and religious dimensions of democracy by focusing on seven key historical figures from John Adams to Jane Addams.
Here’s an excerpt, “An American Reformation“
Amy Kittelstrom is an associate professor of history at Sonoma State University. She is an historian of modern thought and culture who specializes in nineteenth-century American thinkers and their contexts. She is particularly interested in the lived intellectual connections between individuals and cultures of the past, how their ideas on religion and democracy informed one another, and how Americans engaged with books and thinkers from India, Great Britain, and the Romantic movement.