One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America Quotes.

1. "Eisenhower, in contrast, turned spirituality into spectacle. At a transition meeting with his cabinet nominees, he announced that they and their families were invited to a special religious service at National Presbyterian Church the morning of the inauguration."
- Kevin M. Kruse, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

2. "Hollywood got into the act, with director Cecil B. DeMille helping erect literally thousands of granite monuments to the Ten Commandments across the nation as part of a promotional campaign for his blockbuster film of the same name."
- Kevin M. Kruse, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

3. "President Eisenhower, like many Americans, is a very fervent believer in a very vague religion."
- Kevin M. Kruse, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

4. "The percentage of Americans who claimed membership in a church had been fairly low across the nineteenth century, though it had slowly increased from just 16 percent in 1850 to 36 percent in 1900."
- Kevin M. Kruse, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

5. "Fifield’s connection to his congregation extended to their views on religion and politics too. In the apt words of one observer, Fifield was one of the most theologically liberal and at the same time politically conservative ministers of his era. He had no patience for fundamentalists who insisted upon a literal reading of Scripture. The men who chronicled and canonized the Bible were subject to human error and limitation, he believed, and therefore the text needed to be sifted and interpreted. Reading the holy book should be like eating fish—we take the bones out to enjoy the meat. All parts are not of equal value. Accordingly, Fifield dismissed the many passages in the New Testament about wealth and poverty and instead worked tirelessly to reconcile Christianity and capitalism. In his view, both systems rested on a basic belief that individuals would succeed or fail on their own merit."
- Kevin M. Kruse, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

6. "mid-1950s, when Americans underwent an incredible transformation in how they understood the role of religion in public"
- Kevin M. Kruse, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

7. "What then of the honest atheist? Philosophically speaking, an atheistic American is a contradiction in terms. The Presbyterian praised atheists for being fine in character and good neighbors but suggested they were spiritual parasites. I mean no term of abuse in this, the minister added. A parasite is an organism that lives upon the life force of another organism without contributing to the life of the other."
- Kevin M. Kruse, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

8. "While Billy Graham welcomed the adoption of the National Day of Prayer, he saw it as merely the beginning of the political and moral transformation needed to save the nation. In late 1951, he insisted that the Christian people of America will not sit idly by during the 1952 presidential campaign. [They] are going to vote as a bloc for the man with the strongest moral and spiritual platform, regardless of his views on other matters."
- Kevin M. Kruse, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

9. "Clergymen responded enthusiastically. Many ministers wrote the Los Angeles office to request copies of Friedrich Hayek’s libertarian treatise The Road to Serfdom and anti–New Deal tracts by Herbert Hoover and libertarian author Garet Garrett, all of which had been advertised in Spiritual Mobilization. Some sought reprints of the bulletin itself. I found your last issue of Spiritual Mobilization excellent, a Connecticut clergyman reported. Could you send me 100 copies to distribute to key people in my parish? I am quite anxious to get my people thinking along this line. Others took more indirect routes in spreading the organization’s message. Occasionally I preach a sermon directly on your theme, a midwestern minister wrote, but equally important, it is in the background of my thought as I prepare all my sermons, meet various groups and individuals."
- Kevin M. Kruse, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

10. "The pastor at Pittsburgh’s Trinity Lutheran Church agreed, calling the sermon competition a concentrated and remarkable contribution to the cause of freedom."
- Kevin M. Kruse, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

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