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Faith and the Founders of the American Republic


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Contributors Introduction - Daniel L. Dreisbach and Mark David Hall PART I: Religion and Political Culture in the American Founding Chapter 1 Deism and the Founders - Darren Staloff Chapter 2 Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos: The Influence of the Reformed Tradition in the American Founding - Mark David Hall Chapter 3 Jews, Judaism, and the American Founding - David G. Dalin Chapter 4 The Founders and Islam - Thomas S. Kidd Chapter 5 Religion and the Loyalists - Robert M. Calhoon and Ruma Chopra Chapter 6 The Antifederalists and Religion - Donald L. Drakeman Chapter 7 The Bible in the Political Culture of the American Founding - Daniel L. Dreisbach Chapter 8 Religion, Race, and the Founders - Jonathan D. Sassi PART II: Faith and the Founders Chapter 9 Gouverneur Morris and Theistic Rationalism in the Founding Era - Gregg Frazer Chapter 10 John Hancock: Congregationalist Revolutionary - Gary Scott Smith Chapter 11 Elias Boudinot, Presbyterians, and the Quest for a "Righteous Republic" - Jonathan Den Hartog Chapter 12 The Quaker Contributions of John Dickinson to the Creation of the American Republic - Jane E. Calvert Chapter 13 Isaac Backus and John Leland: Baptist Contributions to Religious Liberty in the Founding Era - Joe L. Coker Index

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Daniel L. Dreisbach is Professor of Justice, Law and Society at American University. Mark David Hall is the Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics and Faculty Fellow in the William Penn Honors Program at George Fox University.


"This book does a splendid job of illuminating varieties of American revolutionary and religious experience...." --Journal of American History "Dreisbach and Hall's volume definitely advances the conversation about religion and the founding through widening the scope of topics considered and acknowledging the complexity of the issue." --Religion in American History "This book helpfully extends the excellent efforts that its editors have been making for several years to clarify, but also to complicate, historical understanding of religion and the American founding."--Journal of Religion "This is a unique and very interesting volume. There have been many works on the faith of the American founders, but this one is both notably comprehensive and intriguing. Its contents range from deism to Judaism to Calvinism to Islam, from Loyalists to Baptists, from Quakers to Presbyterians, from John Hancock to John Dickinson, from the Bible to race. Much of this work breaks entirely new ground. Kudos to Daniel Dreisbach, Mark David Hall, and their colleagues for a real contribution to the field and for some fascinating reading." --Paul Kengor, Professor of Political Science, Grove City College "Faith and the Founders of the American Republic is a collection of essays that rises above the unfounded orthodoxies and retrieves encrusted orthodoxies back into historical analysis... [It] is at the forefront of this historiographical sea change. Things that should not have been forgotten were lost but now have been found. What many had relegated to myth is being returned to history." --British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies "This volume seeks to restore the notion that many of the founding if lesser-known lights of the Revolutionary era were decidedly religious, and brought their religious perspectives and motives to bear on their political convictions and actions. The topics are quite diverse from considerations of the role of Judaism and Islam to various political factions (Loyalists, Federalists) to various figures such as Elias Boudinot and John Hancock." --Religious Studies Review

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