Forgotten Features of the Founding: The Recovery of Religious Themes in the Early American Republic

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Lexington Books, Jan 1, 2003 - Philosophy - 197 pages
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Forgotten Features of the Founding: The Recovery of Religious Themes in the Early American Republic is a book of six original essays that explore the deep significance of previously neglected religious themes in the Founding Era. Author James Hutson argues convincingly that without understanding these themes, it is impossible to comprehend the religious mentality of the Founding Era. 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 thought-provoking and exhaustively researched essays challenge current scholarship on the Founding Era, which often downplays the importance of Christian ideals in the formation of the American 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.
  

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Contents

A Future State of Rewards and Punishments The Founders Formula for the Social and Political Utility of Religion
1
Nursing Fathers The Model of ChurchState Relations in America from James I to Jefferson
45
Rights as Moral Powers The Founders and the French Connection
73
The Christian Nation Question
111
William Penn and the American Tradition of Religious Liberty
133
James Madison and Religion Radicalism Unbound
155
Bibliography
187
Index
189
About the Author
197
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James Hutson is the Chief of the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress. He received his Ph.D from Yale University and has published many well-known works on the Founding Era.

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