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Issue 99

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Civil Religion in America
Presidents have often served as chief pastors of the nation's shared beliefs.

We Shall Answer to God
Every elected president has referred to God, providence, or a "higher power," in an inaugural address. Whether this says more about the president's personal faith or the expectations of the audience, such statements show the close connection between American politics and the public expression of religious belief.

Looking Back and Moving Forward
Christian History & Biography magazine has come to an end. But our commitment to making history come alive for a new generation continues.

Hot Words in the Cold War
In his controversial "Evil Empire" speech, Ronald Reagan sought to re-moralize America's conflict with the Soviet Union.

"I am Cyrus"
Harry Truman's support for the creation of the State of Israel was rooted in his interpretation of Scripture.

The Most Democratic Book in the World
Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson were champions of both the Bible and progressive reform.

A Nation on a Mission
William McKinley saw America's unexpected opportunity in the Philippines as a sign from God—and set the U.S. on a new course of global influence.

War and the Will of God
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address pointed a grieving nation to the mystery of divine providence.

The Wall of Separation
The rancorous presidential election of 1800 brought religion to the forefront of public debate and had lasting repercussions for the relationship between church and state.

The American Moses
In his 1796 Farewell Address, George Washington argued that religion and morality were essential pillars of the new republic.

From the Editor
"As God gives us to see the right"

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