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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)

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Published: 28th January 2004
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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.

This fine book belongs on the small shelf of required books of anyone who wishes to understand the religious roots of our American republic. With careful attention to the massive scholarship bearing on the subject, it concisely and elegantly makes the argument that religion does matter to the Founding, and it explains the scope and central importance of religious liberty for leading actors in that great drama. Incisive, a good read, warmly recommended.--G. Ellis Sandoz, director, Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies

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