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The faiths of the founding fathers

Author: David L Holmes
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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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
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: James Madison; James Monroe, Politiker 1758-1831.; George Washington; John Adams; Benjamin Franklin; Thomas Jefferson
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David L Holmes
ISBN: 0195300920 9780195300925
OCLC Number: 62341497
Description: x, 225 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: David L. Holmes.
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Beginning with an account of the religious culture of the late colonial era, this book surveys the religious groups in each colony. It describes the various forms of Deism that flourished in America,  Read more...

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In this succinct, clear and myth-dispelling book, David Holmes traces the emergence and advance of Deism in the colonies from the early eighteenth century Jack Pole, Journal of Ecclesiastical History Read more...

 
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