Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers Hardback

by Daniel L. Dreisbach;

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Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers

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No book from the American founding era was more accessible or familiar than the English Bible, specifically the King James Version, and no book was more frequently alluded to or quoted from in the political discourse of the age. Widely respected and referenced by both pious and skeptical founders, the English Bible shaped significant aspects of public culture, including language, letters, arts, education, and law. It was also among the diverse intellectual and political influences-including English constitutionalism, republicanism, and Enlightenment liberalism-that informed the ideas of the American founding. These facts alone, however, reveal little about how and for what purposes the founding generation used the Bible in their political discourse and, more important, how the Bible influenced their political culture. Drawing on some of the most familiar rhetoric of the founding era, Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers examines the founders' diverse uses of the Bible in political discourse, ranging from the essentially literary to the profoundly theological.
Recognition of these distinct uses is important, says Daniel Dreisbach, as it is misleading to read spiritual meaning into primarily political or rhetorical uses of the Bible or vice versa. The founding generation looked to the Bible not only for its rich literary qualities but also for insights on human nature, civic virtue, political authority, and the rights and duties of citizens, as well as for political and legal models they sought to emulate in their polities. This exploration of the Bible's often neglected place in late-eighteenth-century political culture enriches our understanding of the ideas that contributed to the founding of the American constitutional tradition.

Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers by Daniel L. Dreisbach was published by Oxford University Press Inc in January 2016. The ISBN for Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers is 9780199987931.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press Inc (January 2016)
Number of Pages320
Thickness33 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4450071
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