Founding Fathers

The Faiths of the Founding Fathers

Submitted by AUVAMaster on Thu, 11/24/2016 - 08:36

"In demystifying what has been argument fodder for over 200 years, religion scholar Holmes (A Brief History of the Episcopal Church; A Nation Mourns) sorts through the carefully constructed (and ambiguous or contradictory) versions of the personal beliefs the United States's founding fathers presented to the outside world to present a sound case for what George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and others did or didn't do on Sundays.

Founding Faith: How Our Founding Fathers Forged a Radical New Approach to Religious Liberty

Submitted by AUVAMaster on Thu, 11/24/2016 - 08:03

"Various American evangelicals have claimed the founding fathers as believing and practicing Protestants who intended America to be a Christian nation. Secularists, on the other hand, see in the same historical record evidence that the founders were often Deists at best. Both views are grossly oversimplified, argues Waldman, cofounder and editor-in-chief of Beliefnet.com.