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The Resource Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers, Daniel L. Dreisbach

Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers, Daniel L. Dreisbach

Label
Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers
Title
Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers
Statement of responsibility
Daniel L. Dreisbach
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • No book was more accessible or familiar to the American founders than the Bible, and no book was more frequently alluded to or quoted from in the political discourse of the age. How and for what purposes did the founding generation use the Bible? How did the Bible influence their political culture? Shedding new light on some of the most familiar rhetoric of the founding era, Daniel Dreisbach analyzes the founders' diverse use of scripture, ranging from the literary to the theological. He shows that they looked to the Bible for insights on human nature, civic virtue, political authority, and the rights and duties of citizens, as well as for political and legal models to emulate. They quoted scripture to authorize civil resistance, to invoke divine blessings for righteous nations, and to provide the language of liberty that would be appropriated by patriotic Americans. Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers broaches the perennial question of whether the American founding was, to some extent, informed by religious-specifically Christian-ideas. In the sense that the founding generation were members of a biblically literate society that placed the Bible at the center of culture and discourse, the answer to that question is clearly "yes." Ignoring the Bible's influence on the founders, Dreisbach warns, produces a distorted image of the American political experiment, and of the concept of self-government on which America is built. -- Provided by publisher
  • Dreisbach shows that the Bible was the most frequently referenced book in the political discourse of the American founders. 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 and how scripture informed their political culture. -- Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dreisbach, Daniel L
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bible and politics
  • Founding Fathers of the United States
  • United States
Label
Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers, Daniel L. Dreisbach
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; 1. Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers: An Introduction; PART I: The Bible and Culture; 2. The English Bible and American Public Culture; 3. The Bible in the Lives of the Founding Fathers; 4. The Bible in the Political Discourse of the American Founding; PART II: The Bible and Discourse; 5. What Does God Require of Us? Micah 6:8 in the Literature of the American Founding; The Bible in American History:Creating a Great Seal for the New Nation
  • 6. A Defense of Liberty against Tyrants:The Bible, the Right of Resistance, and the American Revolution The Bible in American History: Benjamin Franklin's Call for Prayer in the Constitutional Convention; 7. The Exalted Nation: Proverbs 14:34 and the Characteristics of a Righteous People; The Bible in American History: The First Prayer in Congress; 8. When the Righteous Rule:Proverbs 29:2 and the Character of a Godly Magistrate; The Bible in American History:Proclaim Liberty throughout All the Land
  • 9. Stand Fast in Liberty:The Use (and Misuse) of Biblical Symbols and Rhetoric of "Liberty" in the American Founding The Bible in American History:George Washington Takes the Presidential Oath of Office; 10. Under Our Own Vine and Fig Tree:Creating an American Metaphor for Liberty in the New Nation; Afterword; Acknowledgments; Notes; Index
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 331 pages
Isbn
9780199987931
Lccn
2016012099
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40026642588
System control number
  • (OCoLC)945549960
  • (OCoLC)ocn945549960
  • 972003
Label
Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers, Daniel L. Dreisbach
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; 1. Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers: An Introduction; PART I: The Bible and Culture; 2. The English Bible and American Public Culture; 3. The Bible in the Lives of the Founding Fathers; 4. The Bible in the Political Discourse of the American Founding; PART II: The Bible and Discourse; 5. What Does God Require of Us? Micah 6:8 in the Literature of the American Founding; The Bible in American History:Creating a Great Seal for the New Nation
  • 6. A Defense of Liberty against Tyrants:The Bible, the Right of Resistance, and the American Revolution The Bible in American History: Benjamin Franklin's Call for Prayer in the Constitutional Convention; 7. The Exalted Nation: Proverbs 14:34 and the Characteristics of a Righteous People; The Bible in American History: The First Prayer in Congress; 8. When the Righteous Rule:Proverbs 29:2 and the Character of a Godly Magistrate; The Bible in American History:Proclaim Liberty throughout All the Land
  • 9. Stand Fast in Liberty:The Use (and Misuse) of Biblical Symbols and Rhetoric of "Liberty" in the American Founding The Bible in American History:George Washington Takes the Presidential Oath of Office; 10. Under Our Own Vine and Fig Tree:Creating an American Metaphor for Liberty in the New Nation; Afterword; Acknowledgments; Notes; Index
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 331 pages
Isbn
9780199987931
Lccn
2016012099
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40026642588
System control number
  • (OCoLC)945549960
  • (OCoLC)ocn945549960
  • 972003

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