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Charles HodgeGuardian of American Orthodoxy$
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Paul C. Gutjahr

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199740420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740420.001.0001

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Politics and Conscience

Politics and Conscience

(p.299) 48 Politics and Conscience
Charles Hodge

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Chapter forty-eight examines Hodge’s politics and his tripartite commitment to God’s sovereignty, property rights and the need for religion to be tied to political action for the good of the nation. Through an examination of Hodge’s Repertory review of Moses Stuart’s Conscience and the Constitution, one finds that Hodge had a firm commitment to believing that humanity’s common moral sense would bind the nation together. This belief was unsettled by the Civil War. Hodge also shifted political party allegiances during this life from the Whig party to the Republican party, but he always considered himself a Federalist at heart.

Keywords:   Charles Hodge, Moses Stuart, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, John Fremont, Whig Party, Abraham Lincoln, slavery, Compromise of 1850, Fugitive Slave Law, Kansas-Nebraska Act, Confederate States of America

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