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The Faiths of the Founding Fathers by David L. Holmes
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Apr 04, 13

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This easy read begins with an overview of religious life in the American colonies in 1770. The Fathers he focuses on are Franklin, Washington, John Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Samuel Adams, Elias Boudinot, and John Jay. Holmes proposes a three category rubric for describing their religious beliefs: Non-Christian Deism, Christian Deism, and orthodox Christianity. His analysis of the Fathers in view is that only Samuel Adams (whose father was a brewer), Boudinot, and Jay were clearly orthodox Christians. I think our pictures of the religious views of Madison and Washington are a bit fuzzy. But Holmes probably categorizes them correctly.

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