Faith of the Founders

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Faith of the Founders

Religion and the New Nation, 1776-1826

By Edwin S. Gaustad

Baylor University Press, Paperback, 9781932792096, 196pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2011


In the lauded "Faith of the Founders," revered historian " "Edwin Gaustad provides a careful consideration of the developing relationship between religion and the state after the American Revolution. With concise focus on Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and John Adams, Gaustad identifies seven varying sometimes contrary perspectives on religion that guided the nation's founders. Faith of the Founders masterfully shows how these figures possessed an intuitive understanding of religion that helped nourish a young country. Repackaged for a new generation of readers and with a new foreword by Randall Balmer, this brief but insightful book offers a look into the founding fathers' genius and points to a way forward through the ideological boundaries that threaten to upend the daily doings of American government today.

About the Author
Edwin S. Gaustad is emeritus Professor of History, University of California, Riverside.He is a noted church historian and the author of over a dozen books.Randall Balmer is Mandel Family Professor of Arts & Sciences and Chair, Department of Religion, Dartmouth College. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books."