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Is America a Christian nation? This question has loomed large in American culture since the Puritans arrived on American shores in the early seventeenth century. More recently, the Christian America thesis has been advocated by many evangelical leaders across the denominational spectrum. This book contributes to the conversation by critiquing, from an evangelical perspective, the idea that America is a Christian nation as articulated by specific writers over the past three decades. Wilsey asserts that the United States was not conceived as a Christian nation, but as a nation with religious liberty. Herein lies the genius of the Founders and the uniqueness of America.

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John D. Wilsey earned his PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He has served in pastoral and Christian school ministries in North Carolina and Virginia for nearly twenty years. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of History and Christian Apologetics in the J. Dalton Havard School of Theological Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Houston, TX. He is married to his wife, Mandy, and they have two daughters.

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"For generations, American evangelicals have confused biblical and theological conservatism with a rightist political stance. When combined-as it generally is-with a chauvinistic Americanism (the founding documents of the Republic being viewed as the rough equivalent of Holy Scripture), the result has been a gross weakening of the prophetic perspective of historic Christianity. John Wilsey's book is the badly needed corrective. It demonstrates that biblical truth must not be confused with the American story and that God's common grace has used even the pagan influences of the major Founding Fathers to achieve His ends."
-John Warwick Montgomery
Professor Emeritus of Law and Humanities, University of Bedfordshire, England
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought, Patrick Henry College, Virginia, U.S.A.

"It takes some courage to tackle the 'Christian America' thesis. But it also takes grace to offer a truly Christian critique. John Wilsey possesses both qualities. He offers an astute theological and historical analysis of America's past, debunking the deeply entrenched notion of 'American exceptionalism.' Even better, Professor Wilsey offers a clear-headed call to seek first the kingdom of God in the present."
-Stephen J. Nichols
Research Professor of Christianity & Culture, Lancaster Bible College
and author of Jesus Made in America

"There are always some who have wanted to make America a Christian nation from its inception till the present. Others on the opposite extreme wish to deny the obvious biblical influences on our social order. John Wilsey gets it right. Though America may never have been a 'Christian republic,' as few other countries in history, it has felt the impact of the biblical witness. One Nation Under God? sets the record straight. Do not miss this book.
-Paige Patterson
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary --Wipf and Stock Publishers

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