Review and Discuss Part 1 of Andrew Seidel's "The Founding Myth"

The Birmingham Atheist Center · Birmingham, MI

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Join us for an educational book review and discussion of Part 1 of Andrew Seidel's "The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American". Seidel, a constitutional attorney and the Director of Strategic Response at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, provides a fervent take-down of Christian Nationalism in his furious book debut.


"Do 'In God We Trust,' the Declaration of Independence, and other historical “evidence” prove that America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles? Are the Ten Commandments the basis for American law? A constitutional attorney dives into the debate about religion’s role in America’s founding.

In today’s contentious political climate, understanding religion’s role in American government is more important than ever. Christian nationalists assert that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and advocate an agenda based on this popular historical claim. But is this belief true? The Founding Myth answers the question once and for all. Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney at the Freedom from Religion Foundation, builds his case point by point, comparing the Ten Commandments to the Constitution and contrasting biblical doctrine with America’s founding philosophy, showing that the Bible contradicts the Declaration of Independence’s central tenets. Thoroughly researched, this persuasively argued and fascinating book proves that America was not built on the Bible and that Christian nationalism is, in fact, un-American."

In fairness to everyone attending who expects to have a meaningful discussion and a productive learning experience, you must have completed reading to the end of Part II of this book (to page 160) in order to attend this meeting.


"The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American"
by Andrew Siedel
May 2019

297 pages
12:58 audio

hardcover publisher: Sterling

This book is also available on unabridged audio at


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Book Reviews

"Andrew Seidel, a constitutional attorney who litigates cases for the Freedom of Religion Foundation, is a powerful muse on this subject. The Founding Myth is an invigorating double-shot espresso that reveals how the original Constitution and the version slathered in religious tomes to serve political purposes are not the same document.”
—New York Journal of Books

“Seidel is far from the first author to address the historical myths and confusions of political philosophy that sustain Christian nationalism. But no one has written a book quite like this before, because of its sweep, its depth, its viewpoint and its tone. ‘The Founding Myth’ goes far beyond debunking the false history that Christian nationalists advance to a detailed examination of how biblical principles are fundamentally at odds with our constitutional order.”


About the Author

Andrew L. Seidel works as a constitutional attorney at the Freedom from Religion Foundation (, litigating cases involving religion and the Constitution. He has appeared on Fox and Friends, MSNBC, and The O'Reilly Factor; numerous radio shows; speaks and writes extensively about religious freedom; and has been profiled on BBC News, Buzz Feed, and International Business Times.