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The Founders on God and Government - Daniel L. Dreisbach

The Founders on God and Government

By: Daniel L. Dreisbach (Editor), Mark David Hall (Editor), Jeffry H. Morrison (Editor), Michael Novak (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 28th January 2004
ISBN: 9780742522794
Number Of Pages: 336

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'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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What is the proper relationship between religion and politics in America? This question has been debated from the earliest colonists to contemporary politicians. Certainly during my 30 years in the U.S. Senate there were few issues more contentious than those involving religion and politics.The Founders on God and Government sheds important light on the influence of Christianity on the political thoughts and actions of nine of the most important Founders. Because of the influence these men had on America's constitutional order, this collection should be read by anyone concerned about the proper relationship between religion and politics today.--Mark O. Hatfield, Former U.S. Senator

Foreword: Religious Libertyp. ix
Prefacep. xvii
Religion and the Common Good: George Washington on Church and Statep. 1
One Public Religion, Many Private Religions: John Adams and the 1780 Massachusetts Constitutionp. 23
The Religious Rhetoric of Thomas Jeffersonp. 53
Religion and Politics in the Thought of James Madisonp. 83
John Witherspoon's Revolutionary Religionp. 117
Benjamin Franklin and the Role of Religion in Governing Democracyp. 147
James Wilson: Presbyterian, Anglican, Thomist, or Deist? Does It Matter?p. 181
George Mason's Pursuit of Religious Liberty in Revolutionary Virginiap. 207
Catholic Politics and Religious Liberty in America: The Carrolls of Marylandp. 251
Afterword: Revolutionary-Era Americans: Were They Enlightened or Protestant? Does It Matter?p. 273
Bibliographyp. 299
Indexp. 305
About the Contributorsp. 313
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ISBN: 9780742522794
ISBN-10: 0742522792
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 28th January 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.56 x 15.14  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.43