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Revolutionary Spirits: The Enlightened Faith of America's Founding Fathers

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Bringing to life the complex creeds and personalities of America's Founding Fathers, this book confronts many of the myths about the religious views of some of the most notable figures in history. Offering clear and candid portraits of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Paine, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison as both religious reformers and politic ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Bluebridge
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Stephen Kiernan
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For anyone concerned about how the nation's founders felt about the division of church and state, this is an essential read by an enlightened minister.
Lissa Notreallywolf
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very accessible book, which takes a biographical approach to explaining the spectrum of religious thought amongst the founding fathers. we hear about George Washington's Masonic committments, how he began avoiding the word God in his writings in favor of longwinded Masonic constructions, like Grand Architect of the Uni...
I take issue with some of the authors explanations of Masonry but I learned to trust his insight as the book progressed. Especially when the author discusses sectarin
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Caseyazalea
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I want to memorize parts of this book, just so I always have a good counter-argument ready whenever someone trots out the idea that our 'founding fathers' intended to create a specifically Christian nation. Nope. They did not. At least not according to all the quotations and examples and brief life histories that Kowalski has gathered in this friendly, easy to read book of early U.S. history.
TheReadingLawyer
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Well-written concise book on the Founding Fathers and their attitudes towards spirituality and religion. Definitely a good primer and jumping off point if you are interested in the topic.
Jim Razinha
Not bad. Kowalski is a Unitarian minister who treated the subject fairly. I'm not fond of the method of end notes where the author does not enumerate, listing by page number instead. As this is the method Kowalski used, I wasn't fond of his cites. Nor was I impressed with his notations; when I see statements in quotes, I expect to also see sources. Such was not the case for most of the quotes attributed to the various Founders. I also checked a couple of dates that didn't sound right and they we ...more
Linda
Oct 06, 2008 is currently reading it
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insight into what who the founding fathers were and how that impacted what we have
"The founders tended to be interested in religion for the same reason they supported education, as a means toward fostering a more peaceful, prosperous, and ethically minded republic. They believed virtue would gradually replace vice as surely as knowledge displaced ignorance and philosophy outpaced superstition. With good sense ruling the mind, good conduct would indubitably follow. Civilization would progress." p
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Shishir
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Concise book on founding fathers and their rational and practical points of view. They were no religious zealots, but open minded freethinking enlightened forward thinking statesmen
Sharon Miller
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This elegant little book is powerful and beautiful. Enlightening, and a good remedy for what ails this Republic.
Peacefully Evyl
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was really interesting. I enjoyed the analysis of each Founder's writings and speeches and actions. It was helpful to hear about each Founder's work outside of his Founding work.
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