"Forrest Church has given us a great gift—a way to understand the meaning of America in spiritual terms that require us to acknowledge the Founders' wisdom in permitting us the freedom to worship, or not, according to the dictates of our own conscience. This book shows us why so many Americans for over two centuries have kept their faith in our fundamental principles, in our continuing mission to form a more perfect union; and, in richly diverse ways, in a Divine Creator."—President William J. Clinton
"At a time when many Americans are searching for a spiritual meaning in our national life, Forrest Church points to the co-inherence of faith and freedom in this vivid retelling of 'the lively experiment' that is America. Written with passion and insight, this book stirs us to think and moves us to be grateful."—Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School and editor of Christianity Today
"The American Creed is a thoughtful and appealing interpretation of the ideals that hold us together as Americans. This is patriotism of the highest quality."—Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
"I wish that every American would read and ponder this important book. Forrest Church has become our preeminent preacher of faith and freedom."—George McGovern
"A senior minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City, Church has authored or edited some 20 books. Here he looks at the union of freedom and faith in America, which resulted in the concepts of inalienable rights and everyone's being created equal. America has not always lived up to the ideals stated in the Declaration of Independence, but self-criticism, he argues, should not become self-hatred. 'To live up to the promise of our creed, we must rekindle aspiration for its attainment,' says Church. With this in mind, he traces the history of the country from the Pilgrims to 9/11, examining the creeds that have guided its development. Church believes that the union of freedom and faith is what informs the American soul, and the combination of American optimism and faith is what generates real hope for the future. He makes a convincing argument that our concepts of equality and inalienable rights come out of a faith in a higher being."—C. Robert Nixon, Library Journal
"This marvelous primer accessibly and fairly explores the intersection of freedom and faith in American life."—Publishers Weekly