Washington's God: Religion, Liberty, and the Father of Our Country

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Basic Books, Feb 13, 2007 - History - 320 pages
In Washington's God Michael Novak-one of America's leading neoconservative pundits-and his daughter, Jana, uncover George Washington's religious life. Finally the record is set straight on the most thoroughly misunderstood aspect of Washington's life. The Novaks focus on Washington's strong trust in divine Providence and see this belief as providing the unifying narrative to his monumental life.
 

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Contents

A NOTE ON METHOD
CONCLUSION
THE MAN
HIS MORAL EDUCATION
THE INNER MAN
HOW HE APPEARED TO OTHERS
IN THE THEATER OF POWER
A TRADITIONAL ANGLICAN FAMILY LIFE
CONCLUDING REFLECTIONS
THE QUIET SUNDAYS
SCHOOLED IN THE ANGLICAN FAITH
LEARNING TO UNDERSTAND PROVIDENCE
THE INSCRUTABILITY OF PROVIDENCE
PROVIDENCE IN FAMILY LIFE
GENERAL PROVIDENCE SPECIAL PROVIDENCE
WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN? CHANGES IN DEFINITION

THE YOUNG MAJOR IN THE VIRGINIA MILITIA
THE FARMER AND THE CONGRESSMAN
COMMANDER IN CHIEF
TURNING AWAY FROM POWER
SHOULD HE ACCEPT THE PRESIDENCY?
THE DIFFICULT SECOND TERM
AGAIN TAKING UP THE PLOW
TO THE DEPTHS OF THE WILDERNESS
HIS FIRST MILITARY ENGAGEMENT
THE CARE OF A GOOD PROVIDENCE
SUCCESS IN THE WILDERNESS
A TRANSFORMATIVE TIME
AN UNUSUAL FOG
A YEAR OF TRIALS
A PEOPLES ARMY
THE MEN THEMSELVES
A REALIST RATHER THAN AN IDEALIST
THE CHRISTIAN SOLDIER
CONFLICTING EVIDENCE
THE RELIGIOUS CONTEXT OF THE TIME
ON THE ROAD TOSOLA RATIO
FROM REASON TO PRACTICE
THE DEIST TENDENCY
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
BEYOND DEISM
AMITY TOWARD ALL
WHOSE GOD IS JEHOVAH
WASHINGTONS STRUGGLE WITH HIMSELF
PROVIDENCE RULES THE STARS NOT THE REVERSE
POSSIBILITIES OF FAILURE DEFEAT AND LOSS
THE PROVIDENTIAL NATION
THE THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION OF 1795
THE DEATH OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON 17551804
THE DEATH OF WASHINGTON
CONCLUSION
WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN?
A CHRISTIAN STATESMAN
THE CRITICS COMPLAINT
TESTIMONIES TO HIS FAITH
CONCLUSION
ORDERS TO HIS TROOPS
WARTIME PROCLAMATIONS DECLARATIONS AND CIRCULAR LETTERS
UNUSED NOTES FOR THE FIRST INAUGURAL
SELECTIONS FROM THE FIRST INAUGURAL
FIRST DECLARATION OF THANKSGIVING
SECOND DECLARATION OF THANKSGIVING
UNUSED NOTES FOR THE FAREWELL ADDRESS
PREFACE
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
CHAPTER 11
CHAPTER 12
APPENDIX 1
APPENDIX 2
PRIMARY SOURCES ONLINE AND IN PRINT
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Michael Novak, a former U.S. ambassador, has served under Democratic and Republican administrations. He is the author of Belief and Unbelief, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, and many other books. His essays and reviews have been published in the New York Times Magazine, National Review, and many others. He presently holds the George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Novak lives with his family in Washington, D.C. Jana Novak is a writer and poet and is the co-author of Tell Me Why: A Father Answers His Daughter's Questions About God. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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