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The faiths of our fathers : what America's founders really believed /
Alf J. Mapp, Jr.
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Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, c2003.
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viii, 184 p. : ill.
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0742531147 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, c2003.
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0742531147 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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In the beginning was variety -- Thomas Jefferson -- Benjamin Franklin -- James Madison -- John Adams -- George Washington -- John Marshall -- Patrick Henry -- Alexander Hamilton -- George Mason -- Charles Carroll of Carrollton -- Haym Saloman -- What most people thought.
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5024062
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-05-01:
Mapp provides a highly readable overview of the religious beliefs of the generation that declared independence and wrote the US Constitution in the 1770s and 1780s. "Their religious attitudes were as varied as their political opinions," he asserts, and then provides an overview that includes Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, James Madison, George Washington, Patrick Henry, John Marshall, George Mason, Alexander Hamilton, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, and Haym Salomon. The vignettes are engaging--Franklin believed in a multiplicity of universes and gods, while Washington seldom, if ever, took communion. While nearly all were church members, they varied in degrees of personal piety, and most had deistic tendencies. Perhaps only Hamilton, whose personal life was arguably the most dissolute of all, approached an evangelical understanding of Christianity. In a brief concluding chapter on the Great Awakening, Mapp shows how distant the religious beliefs of most Americans were from these elites. Specialists will not find much new here, nor will general readers discover "original intent" on Ten Commandments monuments or school prayer. But all will find good writing, careful research, and great common sense. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Public and undergraduate collections. T. D. Hamm Earlham College
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Employing the thoughtful and graceful narrative style we have come to expect from books by Alf Mapp, in The Faith of Our Fathers he brings much-needed light to an issue that has confused Americans for generations. And by disclosing the varied religious beliefs of persons such as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and many others, he also demonstrates how 'the Founding Fathers' habitual ruminations on ethics did much to make their era the greatest in human history. A book that is certain to make a significant contribution to the wisdom and understanding of those who are wise enough to read it.
Employing the thoughtful and graceful narrative style we have come to expect from books by Alf Mapp, in The Faith of Our Fathers he brings much-needed light to an issue that has confused Americans for generations. And by disclosing the varied religious beliefs of persons such as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and many others, he also demonstrates how the Founding Fathers " habitual ruminations on ethics did much to make their era the greatest in human history. A book that is certain to make a significant contribution to the wisdom and understanding of those who are wise enough to read it.
Mapp provides a highly readable overview of the religious beliefs of the generation that declared independence and wrote the U.S. Constitution in the 1770s and 1780s . . . good writing, careful research, and great common sense. Recommended.
This engaging, highly readable volume reminds us of the vital role religion played in the creation of the Republic. Professor Mapp "s rich biographical portraits provide useful insights into the religious faiths that shaped the characters, values, and political contributions of the Founding Fathers. The Faiths of the Fathers is a welcome addition to the literature on the AmericanFounding.
This engaging, highly readable volume reminds us of the vital role religion played in the creation of the Republic. Professor Mapp's rich biographical portraits provide useful insights into the religious faiths that shaped the characters, values, and political contributions of the Founding Fathers. The Faiths of the Fathers is a welcome addition to the literature on the American Founding.
Alf Mapp "s Faiths of Our Fathers explores the religions of eleven of the Founders. We learn for the first time of the breadth and diversity of their thoughts. Only the master historian could carry his readers over such untraveled waters and establish connections with the period in which we live today. A magnificent achievement!
Alf Mapp's Faiths of Our Fathers explores the religions of eleven of the Founders. We learn for the first time of the breadth and diversity of their thoughts. Only the master historian could carry his readers over such untraveled waters and establish connections with the period in which we live today. A magnificent achievement!
In eleven biographical essays, Professor Mapp paints rich portraits of the lives of the most famous founders and several of the not-so-famous founders. These engaging profiles explore how religion informed the values, political philosophies, and public deeds of these men. The reader gains from these portraits an intimate acquaintance with the subjects and the times in which they lived. The essays are lively and, at times, witty. This volume will be of value to specialists and nonspecialist readers with general interests in the American founding, especially in the role of religion in forming the American Republic and its institutions.
An accessible, well-researched collection of short essays on the Founders that is as informative as it is a delight to read. The Faiths of Our Fathers is a much-needed corrective to many current misconceptions about the role of faith in the lives of the Founders. It is of high value to the student as well as the lay reader.
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Throughout our nation's history, the religious beliefs of America's founders have been contested and misunderstood. Did our founders advocate Christianity or atheism? In The Faiths of Our Fathers, widely acclaimed historian Alf J. Mapp, Jr. cuts through the historical uncertainty to accurately portray the religious beliefs of eleven of America's founding fathers, including John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. He discovers men with religious beliefs as diverse as their political opinions. These profiles shed light on not only the lives and times of the revolutionary generation but also the role of religion in public life throughout American history.
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In this book the author cuts through the historical uncertainty to accurately portray the religious beliefs of 11 of America's founding fathers.
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In The Faiths of Our Fathers, widely acclaimed historian Alf Mapp, Jr. cuts through the historical uncertainty to accurately portray the religious beliefs of 11 of America's founding fathers, including John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Visit our website for sample chapters!
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In this book, the author cuts through historical uncertainty to accurately portray the religious beliefs of 11 of America's founding fathers.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
In the Beginning Was Varietyp. 1
Thomas Jeffersonp. 3
Benjamin Franklinp. 22
James Madisonp. 41
John Adamsp. 54
George Washingtonp. 66
John Marshallp. 80
Patrick Henryp. 86
Alexander Hamiltonp. 97
George Masonp. 110
Charles Carroll of Carrolltonp. 124
Haym Salomonp. 146
What Most People Thoughtp. 153
Virginia Statute for Religious Freedomp. 158
Bibliographyp. 161
Indexp. 178
About the Authorp. 184
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