Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers by Brooke Allen

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Staff Review by Carol Ann Strahl:
This is a provocative and interesting look at the religious tenets our founding fathers espoused.
In 1776, only 17% of Americans officially belonged to a church.  A favorite of the founding fathers was John Locke whose creed was “government should leave religion alone and religion should return the courtesy.” Allen’s research finds “Ours is, or at least was originally designed to be a Lockean state.”  
Allen shares some of the personal behaviors and thoughts of Franklin, Washington, John Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton when it came to religion.  Most of the framers of the Constitution were Deists who did not believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ, heaven, hell or revelation.  They believed a “power” or “providence” created the world but did not take an active role in its day to day activities.
America was planned to be an enlightened ideal and a place of asylum against fanaticism.  This provocative book may make some readers uncomfortable with the real faith history of our early leaders.  I found Moral Minority a well-written, investigatory journey into our early governmental origins. 
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7 comments
Pegger
Pegger

Looks like the Founding Fathers have had their own words and intentions co-opted and altered to more closely resemble the Puritans and their latter day descendants AKA the current religious right wing. LOL

grad94
grad94

hah! pretty funny!

GTO
GTO

do you have any evidence that pedophile enablers like santorum can read?

Black Rock Lifer
Black Rock Lifer

I am curious as to the claim made by many that gun rights are bestowed by the creator, can someone provide a link? Did the founding fathers talk directly to God or is this just God talking to a select few like the NRA or the gray haired fat guys wearing camo that advocated for treason and murder in Niagara Square yesterday?

Cam33r4
Cam33r4

Rick Santorum should read this book

Black Rock Lifer
Black Rock Lifer

The religious fundamentalists have distorted history in their false claim we are a Christian nation. The founding fathers made clear their intent was to protect the right of the individual to pursue their own path and to protect that individual from the tyranny of religous fanatics. Separation of church and state was intended to protect all religious expression from government and in turn to protect all citizens and our government from religious interference.

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