As part of our ongoing speaker series co-hosted with Montclair Presbyterian Church, we're excited to welcome Amy Kittlestrom, Sonoma State professor and author of the new book, "The Religion of Democracy: Seven Liberals and the American Moral Tradition". This event will take place at Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Drive, on Sunday April 19th at 11:30am.
Today, “freedom” and “equality” so often serve as slogans; people treat them as empty words that cover up political agendas. But these words represent concepts that are important, at times actually quite radical. American democracy was intended by its creators to be more than just a political system. In The Religion of Democracy: Seven Liberals and the American Moral Tradition, historian Amy Kittelstrom shows how religion and democracy have worked together as universal ideals in American culture—and as guides to moral action and the social practice of treating one another as equals.
The Religion of Democracy creates a conversation between seven original American liberal thinkers, tracing how they built on one another’s ideas beginning with the origins of the country and moving to the twentieth century. Extremely relevant in today’s political climate of empty promises and words without meaning, The Religion of Democracy is a dynamic and fresh look at democracy and how religion helped shape this most central of American ideals.
Amy Kittelstrom is an associate professor of history at Sonoma State University, specializing in nineteenth-century American thinkers and their sociopolitical context. She has published articles and reviews in the Journal of American History, Journal of theAmerican Academy of Religion, and The Chronicle of HigherEducation. She received her Ph.D in history from Boston University and is a past fellow of the Center for Religion and American Life at Yale, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard, and the Center for the Study of Religion at Prinany Americans will tell you that they associate liberal thought and politics with secularism.