Faith Of The Founders

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Overview


In the lauded Faith of the Founders, revered historian Edwin Gaustad provides a careful consideration of the developing relationship between religion and the state after the American Revolution. With concise focus on Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and John Adams, Gaustad identifies seven varying—sometimes contrary—perspectives on religion that guided the nation’s founders. Faith of the Founders masterfully shows how these figures possessed an intuitive understanding of religion that helped nourish a young country. Repackaged for a new generation of readers and with a new foreword by Randall Balmer, this brief but insightful book offers a look into the founding fathers' genius—and points to a way forward through the ideological boundaries that threaten to upend the daily doings of American government today.
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Editorial Reviews

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"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, Catholic Historical 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, Religious Studies Review

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: 208
  • 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

Acknowledgement

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

Notes

Bibliographical Note

Index

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