Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers by Daniel L. DreisbachReading the Bible with the Founding Fathers by Daniel L. Dreisbach

Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers

byDaniel L. Dreisbach

Hardcover | December 1, 2016

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No book was more accessible or familiar to the American founders than the Bible, and no book was more frequently alluded to or quoted from in the political discourse of the age. How and for what purposes did the founding generation use the Bible? How did the Bible influence their politicalculture? Shedding new light on some of the most familiar rhetoric of the founding era, Daniel Dreisbach analyzes the founders' diverse use of scripture, ranging from the literary to the theological. He shows that they looked to the Bible for insights on human nature, civic virtue, political authority, andthe rights and duties of citizens, as well as for political and legal models to emulate. They quoted scripture to authorize civil resistance, to invoke divine blessings for righteous nations, and to provide the language of liberty that would be appropriated by patriotic Americans. Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers broaches the perennial question of whether the America founding was, to some extent, informed by religious - specifically Christian - ideas. In the sense that the founding generation were members of a biblically literate society that placed the Bible atthe center of culture and discourse, the answer to that question is clearly "yes." Ignoring the Bible's influence on the founders, Dreisbach warns, produces a distorted image of the American political experiment, and of the concept of self-government on which America is built.
Daniel L. Dreisbach is a professor at American University in Washington, D.C. He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. He has written extensively on the intersection of religion, politics, and law in the American fo...
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Title:Reading the Bible with the Founding FathersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.03 inPublished:December 1, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199987939

ISBN - 13:9780199987931

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