"This timely book makes a solid historical contribution by documenting a long, reasonably flexible, yet still very coherent tradition of American 'republican theology.' Yet the book goes beyond history to also offer an unusually perceptive analysis of where 'republican theology' has functioned for the good of the nation-and for the Christian faith-and where it has not. This major book should have a major impact." --Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
"In Republican Theology, Benjamin Lynerd offers a trenchant analysis of the theological foundations and persistent cultural power of American evangelicalism's engagement with American politics. From John Witherspoon to Billy Graham, from Benjamin Rush to Jerry Falwell, and down to our own day, he guides the reader across the shifting terrain of American moral politics and explicates the significance of this potent political theology for the broad history of American public life." --Andrew R. Murphy, Associate Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University
About the Author
Benjamin T. Lynerd is the Montesquieu Forum Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Political Thought at Roosevelt University.