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How Christian an Understanding?: Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?

Panelists include author and scholar John Barry (Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul), professor and author John Fea (Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?), author and scholar Michael Feldberg (George Washington Institute of Religious Freedom) and professor Daniel Cowdin of Salve Regina University. The panel will address questions of what Rhode Island’s founders intended and expected when they wrote the 1663 Charter, what our nation’s founding fathers intended and expected regarding the separation of Church and State, and what it all means now. Public questions will be taken.

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  • Chuck F.

    Not much controversy among the speakers, but interesting perspective on Christian "homeland" versus Christian "nation."

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Paul_Auger

    Sorry I missed it. I had a dentist appointment that ran late. I am SURE you had a much better time than I did LOL

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Gretchen R.

    please post directions
    will be bringing my husband, Rev. Bill Robinson, UU minister, retired.

    May 13, 2013

    • Chuck F.

      Sorry to hear that, Gretchen. Hopefully you can make it to some of the later Spectacle of Toleration events.

      1 · June 20, 2013

    • Gretchen R.

      thanks, Chuck. I really wanted to go, for the event, to meet people, and get to know the group better. Will look for the Spectacle of Tolerance events.

      June 21, 2013

  • Chuck F.

    If anyone needs directions, please call my cell: [masked]

    June 21, 2013

  • Armand P.

    Newport is quite a hike for me. I live in Taunton.

    June 20, 2013

  • Chuck F.

    I'd mentioned to some people that this event is at the Colony House, but as you can see it is instead at the Great Friends Meeting House which is one block from the Colony House.

    Parking will be tight around the GFMH, so I'll be making space for a couple of cars to park at my house, which is on Bush Street (shown on the linked map a few blocks to the right of the GFMH.

    Remember, we'll have a Summer Solstice Soiree at my house following the event. Bring a potluck dish if you'd like -- you can drop anything off at my house before the event. Email me at [masked] and I'll send you directions to my house.

    June 14, 2013

  • Steve A.

    As of right now, I am planning to carpool with Christine. I'll be picking her up in East Providence around 3pm, so anyone who wants to join us should let me know, and we can meet in Providence or East Providence around then.

    June 10, 2013

  • Chuck F.

    Anyone interested in dinner at my house (about 4 blocks away) afterward? If you're paying that toll, the least I can do is feed you! Let me know: [masked].

    May 14, 2013

  • Carole C.

    Sounds interesting. Any advice on what to read in preparation?

    May 15, 2013

    • Chuck F.

      Im going to try to read Fea's book beforehand. Barry's book on Roger Williams is excellent and is a bit more readable (almost novel-like) than Timothy Hall's "Separating Church and State: Roger Williams and Religious Liberty" but the latter is shorter and more focus on SOCAS. Of course, there are a lot of other books on Roger Williams, as well as on the Baptist origins of SOCAS in the 17th Century (e.g., William McLoughlin's voluminous 3-volume tome).

      1 · May 15, 2013

    • Gretchen R.

      I plan to re-read Edwin Gaustad's Liberty of Conscience: Roger Williams in America. I wrote a religious history paper on Williams while I was studying at Andover Newton and met with local RI Baptist ministers/members.

      May 15, 2013

  • Chuck F.

    The GFMH is in central Newport, one block off of Washington Square (across the street from the White Horse Tavern). PARKING MAY BE A PROBLEM. You can park at the Gateway Parking Lot on America's Cup and walk about 3 blocks up to the GFMH. Parking near the Square is metered till 9:00 pm. If you want to try to find free street parking (always iffy), you may have to park more than 6 blocks away. I can make my driveway available (4 or 5 blocks up hill from GFMH) if you let me know; room for 2 cars.

    May 14, 2013

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