In The Founders on God and Government, Daniel L. Dreisbach, Mark David Hall, and Jeffry H. Morrison bring together noted scholars to explore the role religion played in the political thoughts and deeds of nine founding fathers. The result is a seminal work that deepens our understanding of the relationship between faith and politics at America's founding.
Daniel L. Dreisbach is professor of justice, law, and society at American University, and author of Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State. Mark David Hall is associate professor of political science at George Fox University, and author of The Political and Legal Philosophy of James Wilson, 1742-1798. Jeffry H. Morrison is currently James Madison Visiting Fellow in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, and associate professor of government at Regent University; he is author of the forthcoming John Witherspoon and the Founding of the American Republic.
Chapter 1 Foreword: Religious Liberty Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Religion and The Common Good: George Washington on Church and State Chapter 4 One Public Religion, Many Private Religions: John Adams and the 1780 Massachusetts Constitution Chapter 5 The Religious Rhetoric of Thomas Jefferson Chapter 6 Religion and Politics in the Thought of James Madison Chapter 7 John Witherspoon's Revolutionary Religion Chapter 8 Benjamin Franklin and the Role of Religion in Governing Democracy Chapter 9 James Wilson: Presbyterian, Anglican, Thomist, or Deist? Does it Matter? Chapter 10 George Mason's Pursuit of Religious Liberty in Revolutionary Virginia Chapter 11 Catholic Politics and Religious Liberty in America: The Carrolls of Maryland Chapter 12 Afterword: Revolutionary-Era Americans: Were They Enlightened or Protestant? Does it Matter? Part 13 Bibliography