The Religion of the Founding Fathers

By David L. Holmes

17 ratings - 4.12* vote

It is not uncommon to hear Christians argue that America was founded as a Christian nation. But how true is this claim? In this compact book, David L. Holmes offers a clear, concise and illuminating look at the spiritual beliefs of our founding fathers. He begins with an informative account of the religious culture of the late colonial era, surveying the religious groups It is not uncommon to hear Christians argue that America was founded as a Christian nation. But how true is this claim?

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Book details

Paperback, 156 pages
January 30th 2003 by Ash Lawn-Highland: the Home of James Monroe & The Clements Library, University of Michigan
Original Title
The Religion of the Founding Fathers
ISBN
0976097907 (ISBN13: 9780976097907)

Community Reviews

Justin Tilghman

Very interesting read. Learned a great deal I didn't know.

Shelly

Written by a Professor of Religion who is also a church historian, I found David Holmes' book to be fascinating. It lays out the religious make up of the USA starting with the American Colonies and moving forward through to the founding fathers. What interested me the most was not only the wide variety of beliefs of the founding fathers, but also how different religion looked during those times in comparison to current times, and how far the US has strayed from its well thought out beginnings.

I consider this a must read for all Americans. It provides a well needed perspective in this time of political and religious distraction.

Ashley Medley

Interesting and digestible history on the religious views and upbringing of the founding fathers. However, at times it seemed Holmes was drawing conclusions without much evidence to support. Holmes clearly favors a Deist faith for the founding fathers. Throughout reading, I wished there was more evidence and research than mere claim.

Nick

Interesting read about something that we rarely consider when thinking of the Founding Fathers of the nation.

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