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Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution

James P. Byrd


This book is the first comprehensive study of its kind to explore how American colonists used biblical texts to justify the Revolution and inspire those who fought it. Byrd shows that the Bible was a key text of the American Revolution. Indeed, many colonists saw the Bible as primarily a book about war. They viewed God as not merely sanctioning violence but actively participating in combat, playing a decisive role on the battlefield. When war came, preachers and patriots alike turned to scripture not only for solace but for exhortations to fight. Such scripture helped amateur soldiers overcome ... More

Keywords: Bible, American Revolution, war, violence, patriotism, Revolutionary War, civil religion, founders, American history, colonial America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199843497
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199843497.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James P. Byrd, author
Vanderbilt University Divinity School