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Religion and the Founding of the American Republic Paperback – April 15, 1998
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[This] book is about believers . . . the issue, as persuasively argued by Hutson, has been coerced uniformity of religious practice and belief . . . this is an illuminating essay and, moreover, a handsome one, accompanying as it does the Library of Congress exhibition that traced the twisty route of church-state relations from the Elizabethan settlement to the revival and mission movements of the 1830s . . . the aptness of the [photographic] selections here gives point to the well-reasoned arguments by which Hutson aims to overturn much of the received wisdom about church and state in America . . . Far from anomalous, the attitudes and assumptions so skillfully analyzed by Hutson amply illustrate the profound need Americans had of a public affirmation of their identity as a nation uniquely hospitable to religious commitment. Marie Morgan, New England Quarterly"
Religion and the Founding of the American Republic . . . offers a bracingly original if selective survey of the religious foundations of the American republic . . . [it] enhances our understanding of the past through a felicitous confluence of visual image and written interpretation . . . [and] provides instructive insights and overviews, nearly all relating to separation of church and state. Dee E. Andrews, The William and Mary Quarterly"
“Hutson has done a stunning job in synthesizing a huge amount of material in elegant and vigorous prose. He has been everywhere and read everything. This is a tour de force.” (Patricia U. Bonomi, author of Under the Cope of Heaven)
“Tremendously exciting and unimpeachably argued, this is a very strong text — vigorous in overturning long-entrenched misconceptions, broad in its coverage of a surprising range of new scholarship, original in its arrangement and disposition of evidence, and wonderfully focussed on the issue at hand: the role of religion in the founding.” (Michael Novak, George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion and Public Policy, American Enterprise Institute)
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