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Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers

Daniel L. Dreisbach


The Bible was featured prominently in the political discourse of the American founding era (approximately the last third of the eighteenth century). It was a widely respected and referenced text, although some well-known skeptical founders questioned its divine origins or the authenticity of the text transmitted through the centuries. The Bible influenced aspects of public culture, including language, letters, arts, education, and law, and it left its mark on the lives of individual founders. It was also thought to offer insights into basic and enduring questions of political theory, such as t ... More

Keywords: Bible, civic virtue, Enlightenment, founding era, founding fathers, King James Bible, political discourse, republican

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199987931
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987931.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel L. Dreisbach, author
Professor, Department of Justice, Law & Criminology, American University