Religion and the Continental Congress, 1774-1789

Religion and the Continental Congress, 1774-1789 : Contributions to Original Intent

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This book offers the first comprehensive examination of the role of religion in the proceedings, theories, ideas and goals of the Continental Congress. Those who argue that the U.S. was founded as a "Christian Nation" have made much of the religiosity of the founders, particularly as it was manifested in ritual invocations of a clearly Christian God. Congress's religious activities, Davis shows, expressed an unreflective popular piety, and by no means a determination of the revolutionaries to entrench religion in the federal state.show more

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  • Hardback | 326 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised and Ges ed.
  • 4 line illustrations
  • 0195133552
  • 9780195133554

About Derek H. Davis

Derek Hamilton-Davis is Director of the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Relations at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, which offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Church-State Studies. He is also the Editor of Journal of Church and State.show more

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Derek H. Davis ... is a scrupulous historian. * Patrick Allitt, TLS 5/1/01. * offers a fresh, informative account of official "American" actions and attitudes toward religion before the implementation of the United States Constitution. * American Historical Review, June 2001 * An outstanding chapter on "virtue" displays Davis's reasoning at its most persuasive * American Historical Review, June 2001 *show more

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