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Faith and the Founders of the American Republic
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Faith and the Founders of the American Republic

Mark David Hall and Daniel L. Dreisbach

Abstract

Even before the founders were dead and buried, the American public had developed an extraordinary curiosity about their faith commitments (or lack thereof) and the influence of religion on the constitutional republic they established. This fascination has waned little over the last two centuries. Studies of religion and the founding fathers typically focus on the beliefs of a handful of elite founders—Franklin, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton. With the exception of Adams, all these men either were or became Anglicans. As such, this scholarship ignores the rich range of reli ... More

Keywords: American founding, founding fathers, religion, religious liberty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199843336
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199843336.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark David Hall, editor
George Fox University

Daniel L. Dreisbach, editor
American University