Did America Have a Christian Founding?

Reviewed by:

Megan Arnone from Cedar Rapids, IA, a Professional Writing student at Taylor University in Upland, IN.

Title:

Did America Have a Christian Founding?

Author:

Mark David Hall

Publisher:

Nelson Books

Date:

Published October 29, 2019

Format:

Print book

Length:

155 pages

Overview

34

The chapters discuss common myths about the beliefs of America’s Founding Fathers. Chapter 1 discusses “The Myth of the Founders’ Deism,” debunking the idea that the Founding Fathers were Deists. Chapter 2 debunks the notion that the Constitution is “Godless.” Chapter 3 discusses religious freedom established in the First Amendment. Chapter 4 argues that government should protect and promote religion. Chapter 5 discusses the Founders’ belief in religious liberty.

Hall cites documents written around the same time as America’s Constitution, including pamphlets, articles, and state constitutions. He predicts the Founders’ motivations and beliefs through research and deduction. At the end of each chapter, Hall suggests articles for further reading on each subject.

Assessment

Rating: 5 out of 5

Suggested Audience

Anyone interested in or curious about America’s founding. High school and above. Recommended for those often caught in political debate.

Christian Impact

The author is a professed Christian and he uses evidence of the Founders’ faith to defend Christianity in modern America.

Other Notes

People who insist the Founders were Deists and the church has no place in American politics may not like this book. However, it is a good resource to understand the opposing view.

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