Randall Balmer with Mr. & Mrs. Carter in Plains, Georgia, June 2, 2013
Randall Balmer's book, Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter, was released by Basic Books on May 13, 2014. This is the first biography of the thirty-ninth president to take his faith seriously as a way of understanding Carter's career and the religious context in which he lived.
In the sweltering summer of 1789, James Madison penned sixteen words in spare prose that became the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Herein the founding fathers of a young government pledged separation of church and state, thus guaranteeing religious freedom for its citizens and establishing a free marketplace for religion in the United States, one utterly unprecedented in Western history.