The Founders on Religion: A Book of Quotations

The Founders on Religion: A Book of Quotations

James H. Hutson

What did the founders of the United States take into consideration faith? formerly, there was no trustworthy and neutral compendium of the founders' personal comments on spiritual issues that basically solutions the query. This ebook fills that hole. a full of life number of quotations on every little thing from the connection among church and nation to the prestige of ladies, it's the such a lot finished and reliable source to be had in this well timed topic.

The publication calls to the witness stand the entire ordinary suspects--George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams--as good as many lesser recognized yet hugely influential luminaries, between them Continental Congress President Elias Boudinot, statement of Independence signer Charles Carroll, and John Dickinson, "the Pennsylvania Farmer." It additionally provides voice to 2 founding "mothers," Abigail Adams and Martha Washington.

The founders quoted right here ranged from the piously evangelical to the steadfastly unorthodox. a few have been such avid scholars of theology that they have been handled as equals via the top ministers in their day. Others vacillated of their conviction. James Madison's spiritual ideals looked as if it would weaken as he grew older. Thomas Jefferson, nevertheless, appeared to hot to faith past due in lifestyles. This compilation lays out the founders' positions on greater than seventy subject matters, together with the afterlife, the dying of household, divorce, the elevating of youngsters, the reliability of biblical texts, and the character of Islam and Judaism.

Partisans of varied stripes have lengthy invoked quotations from the founding fathers to lend credence to their very own perspectives on faith and politics. This booklet, against this, is the 1st of its style to be grounded within the cautious exam of unique files via a qualified historian. with ease prepared alphabetically by means of subject, it presents a number of viewpoints and exact quotations.

Readers of all non secular persuasions--or of none--will locate this ebook engrossing.

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