The Founders on God and Government
Daniel L. Dreisbach, Mark David Hall, Jeffry H. Morrison, Jeffrey Morrison
Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - 314 strani
'In God We Trust?' The separation of church and state is a widely contested topic in the American political arena. Whether for or against, debaters frequently base their arguments in the Constitution and the principles of the American founding. However, Americans' perception of the founding has narrowed greatly over the years, focusing on a handful of eminent statesmen. By exploring the work of nine founding fathers, including often overlooked figures like John Carroll and George Mason, The Founders on God and Government provides a more complete picture of America's origins. The contributors, all noted scholars, examine the lives of individual founders and investigate the relationship between their religious beliefs and political thought. Bringing together original documents and analytical essays, this book is an excellent addition to the library of literature on the founding, and sheds new light on religion's contributions to American civic culture.
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Religion and the Common Good George Washington on Church and State
One Public Religion Many Private Religions John Adams and the 1780 Massachusetts Constitution
The Religious Rhetoric of Thomas Jefferson
Religion and Politics in the Thought of James Madison
John Witherspoons Revolutionary Religion
Benjamin Franklin and the Role of Religion in Governing Democracy
James Wilson Presbyterian Anglican Thomist or Deist? Does It Matter?
George Masons Pursuit of Religious Liberty in Revolutionary Virginia
Catholic Politics and Religious Liberty in America The Carrolls of Maryland
RevolutionaryEra Americans Were They Enlightened or Protestant? Does It Matter?
About the Contributors
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Adams Address Amendment American argued argument assessment authority Autobiography belief Benjamin bill called Carroll Catholic cause Christian church citizens civil claim colonial committee common Congress conscience Constitution continued convention debate discussion dissenters divine draft duty early elected England Enlightenment equal establishment example exercise faith force founders Franklin George Washington happiness History House human important included independence individual influence institutions interest James Madison John John Adams later legislative legislature letter limited Mason Massachusetts matters Memorial and Remonstrance minister moral natural natural law natural rights noted opinion original Philosophy political practice Presbyterian president Princeton principles proposed Protestant Providence Quakers reason reli religion religious freedom religious liberty republican respect Revolutionary social society theory Thomas Jefferson thought tion true truth United University Press Virginia virtue vols Wilson Witherspoon worship Writings wrote York