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Founding Sins: How a Group of Antislavery Radicals Fought to Put Christ into the Constitution

Joseph S. Moore

Abstract

The United States was not founded as a Christian nation, since slavery was in the Constitution but Jesus was not. The Covenanters, America’s first Christian nationalists and earliest abolitionists, advanced that argument to the Founding Fathers and to generations of Americans. From their brief reign over Scotland to their failed attempts to amend the American Constitution to acknowledge Christ, Covenanters infused themselves into the long tradition of Christian nationalism that forged the modern religious Right. In the process, they helped American secularists create their own identity as libe ... More

Keywords: Covenanters, Presbyterian, abolition, slavery, church–state, Founding Fathers, Christian nation, secularism, fundamentalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190269241
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190269241.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph S. Moore, author
Assistant Professor of History, Gardner-Webb University