Rediscovering America's Founding Principles

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It has been said that when things are at their worst, Americans are at their best. American democracy has existed for more than 200 years, surviving bloody wars, challenges, betrayals, bashing, and most recently, the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001. With each blow America seems to grow in strength and spirit, and the love of country only deepens.

What is it about the structure of the constitution, the structure of the government, and the soul of the people that provides a safe haven for this kind of dynamic evolutionary process? Who were the founders of America, and how did they acquire the vision to establish such a nation?

In this richly profound dialogue, world-renowned author, philosopher and professor Jacob Needleman explores these questions and the sacred meaning of America. He provides us with an insightful look into the great collective soul of our forefathers and mothers, and helps us understand the deep significance of our country.

"America is a spiritually defined country. It creates the conditions that protect the possibility of a search for knowledge, conscience and spiritual development within its borders. It is probably the most beneficent world power that has ever existed on the earth."

Jacob Needleman is a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University and the author of many books, including The American Soul (Tarcher 2003), The Wisdom of Love (Morning Light Press 2005), Time and the Soul (Berrett-Koehler 2003), The Heart of Philosophy (Tarcher 2003), Lost Christianity (Tarcher 2003), Money and the Meaning of Life (Currency 1994), A Little Book on Love (Doubleday 1996), A Sense of the Cosmos: Scientific Knowledge and Spiritual Truth (Monkfish Book Publishing 2003), and Why We Can't Be Good (Tarcher 2007).

©2001 New Dimensions Foundation; (P)2008 New Dimensions Foundation

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