Forgotten Features Of The Founding

Forgotten Features Of The Founding

by James H. Hutson, James H. Hutson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739105701

ISBN-13: 9780739105702

Pub. Date: 05/07/2003

Publisher: Lexington Books

Forgotten Features of the Founding: The Recovery of Religious Themes in the Early American Republic explores the deep significance of previously neglected religious themes in the Founding Era. James Hutson convincingly argues that without understanding these themes, it is impossible to comprehend the religious mentality of that period. Among the themes elucidated and…  See more details below

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Forgotten Features of the Founding: The Recovery of Religious Themes in the Early American Republic explores the deep significance of previously neglected religious themes in the Founding Era. James Hutson convincingly argues that without understanding these themes, it is impossible to comprehend the religious mentality of that period. Among the themes elucidated and explored are the doctrine of the future state of rewards and punishments, the civil magistrate's idealized role as the nursing father, and the conception of rights as moral powers grounded in religion. Hutson's work challenges current scholarship on the Founding Era, which often downplays the importance of Christian ideals in the formation of the United States government. Forgotten Features of the Founding is a must-read for scholars of American history and those interested in the role of religion in American life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739105702
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
05/07/2003
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1"A Future State of Rewards and Punishment": The Founders' Formula for the Social and Political Utility of Religion1
2"Nursing Fathers": The Model of Church-State Relations in America from James I to Jefferson45
3Rights as Moral Powers: The Founders and the French Connection73
4The Christian Nation Question111
5William Penn and the American Tradition of Religious Liberty133
6James Madison and Religion: Radicalism Unbound155
Bibliography187
Index189
About the Author197

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