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Spring 2017 book discussion

Date: 1/4/2017

​This spring, two Kankakee Community College professors will hold a book discussion series on religion and politics during the American colonial and revolutionary periods.

Members of the community are invited to join the discussion.

The first book to be discussed will be “Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution” (2013) by James P. Byrd. The discussion begins Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 1-2 p.m. in Room L315 at KCC. It will be on the introduction and Chapter 1.

The discussion will continue each week from 1-2 p.m. in Room L315 at KCC until Feb. 15. The readings are 50 pages or fewer each week.

“This book and the second one for the spring, ‘Ideological Origins,’ focus on religious and political ideas in the American colonial and revolutionary periods,” said Professor Scott Kistler, one of the discussion leaders. The other discussion leader is Professor Steve DePasquale.

“These topics continue to spur a lot of discussion because the colonial and revolutionary periods helped to shape religion and politics in contemporary America, as well as the interaction between religion and politics,” Kistler said.

On Feb. 22, the book discussion moves to “Ideological Origins of the American Revolution” (1992) by Bernard Bailyn. The first date will cover the forward and Chapter 1. The readings each week will be about 30 to 60 pages until the series concludes on April 26. There will be no discussion March 8 during Spring Break.

The books can be purchased online and may be available at local bookstores. The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) for “Sacred Scripture, Sacred War” is 978-0199843497; the ISBN number for “Ideological Origins of the American Revolution” is 978-0674443020.

Sessions will be devoted to a serious discussion. All are welcome to attend and ask questions. To contribute to the discussion, those in attendance are asked to read the material ahead of time.

For more information, contact Kistler at 815-802-8706, or email KCC is located south of downtown Kankakee near River Road, off U.S. 45-52, or take Interstate 57 to Exit 308 and follow the signs. Directions are at


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