God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution / Edition 1

God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution / Edition 1

by Thomas S. Kidd
ISBN-10:
0465002358
ISBN-13:
9780465002351
Pub. Date:
10/05/2010
Publisher:
Basic Books

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God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution / Edition 1

Before the Revolutionary War, America was a nation divided by different faiths. But when the war for independence sparked in 1776, colonists united under the banner of religious freedom. Evangelical frontiersmen and Deist intellectuals set aside their differences to defend a belief they shared, the right to worship freely. Inspiring an unlikely but powerful alliance, it was the idea of religious liberty that brought the colonists together in the battle against British tyranny.

In God of Liberty, historian Thomas S. Kidd argues that the improbable partnership of evangelicals and Deists saw America through the Revolutionary War, the ratification of the Constitution, and the election of Thomas Jefferson in 1800. A thought-provoking reminder of the crucial role religion played in the Revolutionary era, God of Liberty represents both a timely appeal for spiritual diversity and a groundbreaking excavation of how faith powered the American Revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465002351
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION
“Rebellion to Tyrants Is Obedience to God”
Religion and the American Revolution

CHAPTER 1
“No King but King Jesus”
The Great Awakening and the First Amendment Revolution

CHAPTER 2
“The Sacred Property of Every Man”
Radical Christians and the Struggle for Religious Liberty in America

CHAPTER 3
“The Pope, the Devil, and All Their Emissaries”
The Bishop Controversy and Quebec Act

CHAPTER 4
“Victory over the Beast”
The Evangelical Roots of Revolution

CHAPTER 5
“A Christian Sparta”
Virtue and the American Revolution

CHAPTER 6
“A Time of War”
Chaplains, Virtue, and Providence

CHAPTER 7
“God Has Made of One Blood All Nations of Men”
Equality by Creation

CHAPTER 8
“The Bands of Wickedness”
Slavery and the American Revolution

CHAPTER 9
“One God, Three Gods, No God, or Twenty Gods”
Disestablishing America’s State Churches

CHAPTER 10
“Saving This Land”
Revivals and the Era of American Revolution

CHAPTER 11
“If Men Were Angels”
Virtue, Freedom, and the Constitution

CHAPTER 12
“Jefferson—and No God!”
The Election of 1800 and the Triumph of Religious Liberty

EPILOGUE
“Freedom Sees Religion as Its Companion”
Faith and American Civil Society

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