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America's GodFrom Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln$
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Mark A. Noll

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151114

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195151119.001.0001

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Republicanism and Religion

Republicanism and Religion

The American Exception

(p.53) 4 Republicanism and Religion
America's God

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Outside the American context, republican ideology had always been seen as a pernicious influence upon religious life. According to orthodox Christians in the Old World, especially in Britain, republicanism, with its emphasis on the role and choice of the individual, relied too much on heterodox views of human volition. Nevertheless, Americans came, by the end of the eighteenth century, to embrace a mixture of republican and Christian philosophies. In turn, the principle of “Christian liberty” contributed greatly to the effort for American independence.

Keywords:   Arianism, John Locke, Tom Paine, republicanism, Socinianism, John Toland

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