Faith Of The Founders

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Vintage Gaustad--now back in print.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Gaustad reminds us of the genius behind the founders' formulations regarding the relationship between church and state. Faith of the Founders is the best summary available of the social, political, and intellectual context that surrounded the crafting of our charter documents."

--Randall Balmer, author of The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond

Religious Studies Review
Historically informative and as relevant as today’s headlines. The author brings to these sensitive chapters all the wisdom and sophistication and that have marked him as a premier historian of the American religious experience.
—(Henry W. Bowden)
Georgia Historical Quarterly
Here [Gaustad] distills his learning into a book that, while little in size, is large in substance and value. Readers looking for a short sound course o the religious views of the nation’s founders will find it.
—(Michael McGiffert)
Catholic Historical Review
As clear and serene a guide to the mixture of religious and political events at the time of the nation’s founding as we are likely to get.
—(Martin Marty)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932792096
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition description: Originally published by Baylor University Press in 2005
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 494,447
  • Product dimensions: 0.48 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Edwin S. Gaustad is emeritus Professor of History, University of California, Riverside.

Randall Balmer is Professor of American Religious History, Barnard College, Columbia University, and Visiting Professor at Yale Divinity School. A prolific and highly esteemed writer, he is the author of Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America; God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush; and Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations


1. An Introduction

2. The Colonies and Their Churches

3. The Libertarians: Jefferson and Madison

4. The Icons: Franklin and Washington

5. The Philosophes: Adams and Jefferson

6. The Churches and the People

7. Epilogue

Appendix A. Major Documents Pertinent to Religion, 1785-1789

Appendix B. Selected State Declarations of Rights and Constitutions with Respect to Religion, 1776-1799


Bibliographical Note


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