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A Republic of Prophets: Civil Religion and Culture Wars from Winthrop to Obama

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Further Reading


Gorski, Philip S. The Protestant Ethic Revisited (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011).

Honohan, Iseult. Civic Republicanism(Routledge, 2002).

Lambert, Frank. The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America(Princeton University Press, 2006).

Niebuhr, Reinhold. The Irony of American History. (University of Chicago Press, 2008).

Sandel, Michael J. Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy. (Harvard University Press, 1996).


Robert Bellah's article in Daedalus, “Civil Religion in America."

James Fallows's article in The Atlantic, “Obama’s Grace."

Edward Pilkington's article in The Guardian, “Obama gives searing speech on race in eulogy for Charleston pastor.”


Frederick Douglass's, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro."

WEB Du Bois's, "The Forethought" from Souls of Black Folk.

Abraham Lincoln's, "Second Inaugural Address."

Benjamin Rush's, "Mode of Education Proper in a Republic."

John Winthrop’s Model of Christian Charity Sermon.




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