Faith and the Founders of the American Republic by Mark David HallFaith and the Founders of the American Republic by Mark David Hall

Faith and the Founders of the American Republic

EditorMark David Hall, Daniel L. Dreisbach

Paperback | April 29, 2014

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The role of religion in the founding of America has long been a hotly debated question. Some historians have regarded the faith of a few famous founders, such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Thomas Paine, as evidence that the founders were deists who advocated thestrict separation of church and state. Popular Christian polemicists, on the other hand, have attempted to show that virtually all of the founders were orthodox Christians in favor of state support for religion. As the essays in this volume demonstrate, a diverse array of religious traditions informed the political culture of the American founding. Faith and the Founders of the American Republic includes studies both of minority faiths, such as Islam and Judaism, and of major traditions, such as Calvinism.It also includes nuanced analysis of specific founders - Quaker John Dickinson, prominent Baptists Isaac Backus and John Leland, and Federalist Gouverneur Morris, among many others - with attention to their personal histories, faiths, constitutional philosophies, and views on the relationshipbetween religion and the state. This volume will be a crucial resource for anyone interested in the place of faith in the founding of the American constitutional republic, from political, religious, historical, and legal perspectives.
Mark David Hall is Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics at George Fox University. Daniel L. Dreisbach is Professor of Justice, Law and Society at American University.
Title:Faith and the Founders of the American RepublicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

ContributorsDaniel L. Dreisbach and Mark David Hall: IntroductionPART I: Religion and Political Culture in the American Founding1. Darren Staloff: Deism and the Founders2. Mark David Hall: Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos: The Influence of the Reformed Tradition in the American Foundin3. David G. Dalin: Jews, Judaism, and the American Founding4. Thomas S. Kidd: The Founders and Islam5. Robert M. Calhoon and Ruma Chopra: Religion and the Loyalists6. Donald L. Drakeman: The Antifederalists and Religion7. Daniel L. Dreisbach: The Bible in the Political Culture of the American Founding8. Jonathan D. Sassi: Religion, Race, and the FoundersPART II: Faith and the Founders9. Gregg Frazer: Gouverneur Morris and Theistic Rationalism in the Founding Era10. Gary Scott Smith: John Hancock: Congregationalist Revolutionary11. Jonathan Den Hartog: Elias Boudinot, Presbyterians, and the Quest for a 'Righteous Republic'12. Jane E. Calvert: The Quaker Contributions of John Dickinson to the Creation of the American Republic13. Joe L. Coker: Isaac Backus and John Leland: Baptist Contributions to Religious Liberty in the Founding EraIndex