Examining the words we use to define America

Jun 6, 2012
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“The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, And Define A Nation” Credit: By Stephen Prothero

In “The American Bible: How our Words Unite, Divide and Define a Nation,” author Stephen Prothero looks to recover our tradition of political discourse and civility. From the point of view that our two-party system and largely our political system is broken by our inability to conduct reasonable discussion, Prothero examines the texts, speeches, literature and songs that have come to characterize our country.

With 2012 being an election year, many candidates will quote (and misquote) sources like the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address to Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn speech to their political advantage. Prothero examines these words that inspire discussion and promote passionate debate which are at their core, deeply-rooted American traditions so they cannot be used as a cornerstone of one party versus another but as the foundation for American political discourse.

Stephen Prothero is the New York times bestselling author or Religious Literacy and God is Not One, and is a professor of religion at Boston University.


Stephen Prothero: Author of “The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, And Define A Nation” (Harper Collins); Professor of religion at Boston University he writes reviews for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Boston Globe, Washington Post, USA Today, LA Times and Salon. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy & God Is Not One.

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