American Schism: How the Two Enlightenments Hold the Secret to Healing Our Nation

Seth David Radwell | 2021
Posted in: Bridging Divides Political Philosophy
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American Schism traces the source of our current political and social divisions all the way back to our nation’s founding. Drawing on extensive research, including deep dives into critical junctures in American history, Radwell reveals how the Enlightenment, an intellectual and philosophical movement emphasizing reason as the primary source of authority, migrated from Europe to the Thirteen Colonies and then morphed into two different schools of thought: Radical and Moderate. Remarkably, Radwell illustrates how the schism was already evident in our founding documents and created rival visions for the new nation. Over the centuries, the split only strengthened, leading to frequently clashing perspectives on the meaning and application of concepts such as liberty, freedom, progress, tolerance, separation of church and state, and the role of government.