The faiths of the founding fathers

Holmes, David L. (David Lynn)
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  • Creator David L. Holmes
  • Format Books
  • Publication Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (240 p.)
  • ISBNs 9781280846328, 1280846321, 9780198041238, 0198041233, 9781429438773, 1429438770
  • OCLC ocn609831629


  • It is not uncommon to hear Christians argue that America was founded as a Christian nation. But how true is this claim?. In this compact book, David L. Holmes offers a clear, concise and illuminating look at the spiritual beliefs of our founding fathers. He begins with an informative account of the religious culture of the late colonial era, surveying the religious groups in each colony. In particular, he sheds light on the various forms of Deism that flourished in America, highlighting the profound influence this intellectual movement had on the founding generation. Holmes then examines the i


  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-209) and index.
  • English


  • Religion in the American colonies in 1770 -- The Anglican tradition and the Virginia founding fathers -- The enlightenment religion of deism -- The founding fathers and deism -- The religious views of Benjamin Franklin -- The religious views of George Washington -- The religious views of John Adams -- The religious views of Thomas Jefferson -- The religious views of James Madison -- The religious views of James Monroe -- The wives and daughters of the founding fathers -- A layperson's guide to distinguishing a deist from an orthodox Christian -- Three orthodox Christians -- The past is a foreign country
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