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Faith in the New MillenniumThe Future of Religion and American Politics$
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Matthew Avery Sutton and Darren Dochuk

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199372690

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199372690.001.0001

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The Founding Fathers in Modern America

The Founding Fathers in Modern America

(p.7) 1 The Founding Fathers in Modern America
Faith in the New Millennium

Kate Carté Engel

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that conservative Christians’ retellings of the founding of the United States represent a distinct religious practice that has been influential in American politics. Focused on principles rather than on chronology or historical causation, the Christian reading of US history emphasizes the Puritans, the faith of the Founding Fathers, and moments of public Christianity. This reading results from the application of a biblical hermeneutic to the dynamics of history, and it appears in a secularized form in culture war controversies over the meaning of American history.

Keywords:   Founding Fathers, American history, Puritans, conservative Christians, hermeneutics, biblicism

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