Video instructions for completing the essay/blog
The culture wars of recent decades have heightened the stakes of the dramatic story of how Americans came to worship freely, amounting to something like a spiritual custody battle over religion and the Founding. Many activists on the right maintain that the United States was founded as a “Christian nation.” Many on the left contend that the First Amendment was designed to strictly separate church and state. Neither of these claims is true, argues Steven Waldman. Waldman narrative of how our nation’s Founders forged a new approach to religious liberty presents a dramatic, unexpected, and paradoxical, as well as an inspiring, story.
- Read Stephen Waldman's text "Founding Faith".
- Write a response essay addressing the following
- "Stephen Waldman atttempts to tackle three key questions regarding Freedom of Conscience, specifically, Why do we have religious freedom? How did it happen? and How do we preserve and treasure it? Use evidence provided in the text to answer these three questions. Essays should include your own interpetation, beliefs, insights, ideas, and teaching strategies etc. related to the questions presented by Waldman in the text.
- Post reponse essay on or before April 4th. (To post/respond open the highlighted " # Comments" text below.
- Respond to a minimum of three of their peer's posts within the Founding Faith blog on or before April 11th