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Was America founded as a Christian nation?

John Fea

Was America founded as a Christian nation?

a historical introduction

by John Fea

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Published by Westminster John Knox Press in Louisville, KY .
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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

StatementJohn Fea
Classifications
LC ClassificationsBR515 .F43 2011
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24412733M
ISBN 109780664235048
LC Control Number2010034961
OCLC/WorldCa657223892

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