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Forgotten Features of the Founding : The Recovery of Religious Themes in the Early American Republic :  The Recovery of Religious Themes in the Early American Republic - James H. Hutson

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

The Recovery of Religious Themes in the Early American Republic

Hardcover Published: May 2003
ISBN: 9780739105702
Number Of Pages: 208

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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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This collection of trenchant essays confirms that James H. Hutson is the most astute scholar of religion's often neglected contributions to the American founding. Drawing on his vast knowledge of primary sources and current scholarship, Hutson offers new insights into old controversies and challenges readers to reconsider long held assumptions. This original, provocative, and wise book is required reading for everyone interested in the religious themes of the founding era.--Daniel Dreisbach, Department of Justice, Law and Society, American University

Prefacep. ix
"A Future State of Rewards and Punishment": The Founders' Formula for the Social and Political Utility of Religionp. 1
"Nursing Fathers": The Model of Church-State Relations in America from James I to Jeffersonp. 45
Rights as Moral Powers: The Founders and the French Connectionp. 73
The Christian Nation Questionp. 111
William Penn and the American Tradition of Religious Libertyp. 133
James Madison and Religion: Radicalism Unboundp. 155
Bibliographyp. 187
Indexp. 189
About the Authorp. 197
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ISBN: 9780739105702
ISBN-10: 0739105701
Series: American Republic--The First One Hundred Years
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: May 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.48

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