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The Forgotten Founders on Religion and Public Life Paperback – October 29, 2009

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"Following The Founders on God and Government, these essays focus on important Revolutionary generation individuals' little-known views on religion and society. . . . Articles feature a brief biography, description of subjects' religious beliefs, and analysis of ideas about churches' value in public life. . . . All essays are well researched and worthwhile. Most valuable is William Casto's on Ellsworth, which demonstrates that Senate and House conferees on the First Amendment did not agree and so finessed rather than clarified the major issues." --Choice



 

"Why does the Constitution assume a Creator without referring to Him explicitly, as does the Declaration of Independence? The Forgotten Founders on Religion and Public Life . . . is a fount of scholarly information about who believed what and whose beliefs changed. Alexander Hamilton, for example, moved from theistic rationalism to his deathbed statement: "I am a sinner: I look to . . . the mercy of the almighty, through the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ." --World 



 

"The volume is engaging, informative, and valuable with thoughtful explorations of how all of these figures desired the same thing for America--the preservation of right and liberties but strove for them based on various religious principles. Because these people are little known, each essay naturally begins with a brief biography and their credentials. Some authors helpfully describe the historiography of the subjects before they progress to a discussion of their religiously informed political contributions." --Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 



 

"A surprisingly cosmopolitan meshing of different views (including contrasting opinions on just how much of a role religion should have in the public domain) evolves, in this excellent effort to assemble a depth and breadth of thought to reveal precisely how America's founders viewed the church and the state." --The Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Daniel L. Dreisbach is professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University. He is the author of The Founders on God and Government.

Mark David Hall is the Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Political Science at George Fox University. He is the author of The Political and Legal Philosophy of James Wilson, 1742-1798.

Jeffry H. Morrison is associate professor of government at Regent University. He is the author of John Witherspoon and the Founding of the American Republic, also published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

Contributors:  Daniel L. Dreisbach, Edith B. Gelles, Gary Scott Smith, William R. Casto, Grg L. Frazer, Thomas E. Buckley, S.J., Jonathan Den Hartog, David J. Voelker, Kevin R. Hardwick, Robert H. Abzug, Mark David Hall, Rosemarie Zagarri.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1st Edition edition (October 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268026025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268026028
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jalopy on October 30, 2009
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"This collection of well-crafted essays probes the `religion and the founding' question from a fresh angle. Its concentration on the second rank of founders pays rich dividends, since this focus uncovers more variety on religious issues than appear when looking only at the `Big Six' of Washington-Franklin-John Adams-Madison-Hamilton-Jefferson. The pay off is to show not only how deep but also how various were the founders' religious commitments. Historians, but also those concerned about religion in contemporary American politics, should take note--the editors have done a very fine job." -- Mark Noll, University of Notre Dame

"There is no book comparable to The Forgotten Founders on Religion and Public Life. It is a collection of eleven essays on the many neglected figures or, in some cases, the neglected church-state views of duly appreciated figures. The book's appeal goes beyond the realm of constitutional doctrine. In addition to constitutional lawyers, constitutional historians, historians of religion in America, and those who study American political thought will all welcome and value the book." -- Gerard V. Bradley, University of Notre Dame Law School
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 12, 2009
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The Forgotten Founders on Religion and Public Life is an anthology of writings by learned authors seeking to bring full insight into the views of religion and the public space among a diversity of America's founders - not just the few that popular culture tends to focus on (due to a paucity of historical records or even the founder's individual efforts of self-promotion). Individual writings include "The Way of Duty: Abigail Adams and Religion", "John Jay and the 'Great Plan of Providence'", "Benjamin Rush and Revolutionary Christian Reform", "Mercy Otis Warren on Church and State", and many more. A surprisingly cosmopolitan meshing of differing views (including contrasting opinions on just how much of a role religion should have in the public domain) evolves, in this excellent effort to assemble a depth and breadth of thought to reveal precisely how America's founders viewed the church and the state. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library American History shelves.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By trenchant on July 14, 2012
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Dreisbach is a historian's historian. His attention to historical detail and deep understanding of events makes him an expert in this field. We can clearly see that the superficial advocates who maintain that America was founded by rationalists, deists, etc. are rooted in mid-air, i.e., they have presuppositions unsupported by the factual evidence.
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