The Founders on God and Government

The Founders on God and Government

by Daniel L. Dreisbach
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742522784

ISBN-13: 9780742522787

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

The contributors to this collection were asked to write a chapter on one of the founding fathers that incorporated a brief biographical sketch and an examination of the founder's religious beliefs and affiliations. Some of the essays offer new interpretations, others summarize their subject's point of view. The collection also includes a chapter on the current state

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The contributors to this collection were asked to write a chapter on one of the founding fathers that incorporated a brief biographical sketch and an examination of the founder's religious beliefs and affiliations. Some of the essays offer new interpretations, others summarize their subject's point of view. The collection also includes a chapter on the current state of scholarship in religion and politics in the early republic. The resulting volume is a concise overview of the religious roots of the United States. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742522787
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.94(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Religious Libertyix
Prefacexvii
1Religion and the Common Good: George Washington on Church and State1
2One Public Religion, Many Private Religions: John Adams and the 1780 Massachusetts Constitution23
3The Religious Rhetoric of Thomas Jefferson53
4Religion and Politics in the Thought of James Madison83
5John Witherspoon's Revolutionary Religion117
6Benjamin Franklin and the Role of Religion in Governing Democracy147
7James Wilson: Presbyterian, Anglican, Thomist, or Deist? Does It Matter?181
8George Mason's Pursuit of Religious Liberty in Revolutionary Virginia207
9Catholic Politics and Religious Liberty in America: The Carrolls of Maryland251
Afterword: Revolutionary-Era Americans: Were They Enlightened or Protestant? Does It Matter?273
Bibliography299
Index305
About the Contributors313

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