In Religion in America: A Political History, newly translated into English, Denis Lacorne identifies two competing narratives in American history and national identity: a secular one, derived from the philosophy of the Enlightenment, and a religious one, rooted in the Protestant Reformation and Puritanism. Lacorne outlines the role of religion in the making of these narratives and examines how key historians, philosophers, novelists, and intellectuals situate religion in American politics.
Denis Lacorne is Directeur de recherche at CERI (Center of International Research and Studies) at Sciences Po and a specialist of political history in the U.S.
This event is co-sponsored by the Alliance Program, the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life and the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion. Partial support is provided by Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
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