Moral Minority Our Skeptical Founding Fathers

ISBN-10: 1566637511

ISBN-13: 9781566637510

Edition: 2007

Authors: Brooke Allen

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In her lively refutation of modern claims about America's religious origins, Brooke Allen looks back at the late eighteenth century and shows decisively that the United States was founded not on Christian principles at all but on Enlightenment ideas. Moral Minority presents a powerful case that the unique legal framework the Founding Fathers created was designed according to the humanist ideals of Enlightenment thinkers: God entered the picture only as a very minor player, and Jesus Christ was conspicuous by his absence. The guiding spirit of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, Ms. Allen explains, was not Jesus Christ but John Locke. In direct and accessible prose, she provides fascinating chapters on the religious lives of the six men she considers the key Founding Fathers: Franklin, Washington, John Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Publication date: 9/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Preface
Franklin
Washington
Adams
Jefferson
Madison
Hamilton
1787 and Beyond
The World That Produced the Founders
Two Letters from Jefferson on the Common Law and Christianity
Madison's "Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments"
Notes
A Note on Sources
Index
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