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Religion in the Oval Office: The Religious Lives of American Presidents

Gary Scott Smith


Many American presidents have had a deep and meaningful faith that has helped shape their worldviews and characters, and their religious commitments have strongly influenced their political philosophy, analysis of issues, decision-making, and performance in office. Numerous presidents have testified that their faith enabled them to cope with the colossal challenges of their office and gave them courage and comfort. This book examines eleven chief executives: John Adams, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William McKinley, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, George H. W. ... More

Keywords: presidents, faith, civil religion, character, religious convictions, worldview

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199391394
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391394.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Scott Smith, author
Grove City College, Grove City, PA, USA