See Article History For some time the question of the religious faith of the Founding Fathers has generated a culture war in the United States. Scholars trained in research universities have generally argued that the majority of the Founders were religious rationalists or Unitarians.
Good stuff, just the kind of conflict people should be entertained and enlightened by thinking about. The religious differences between them are only implicit in the book. But now I think it would have been a good move to bring those differences out more fully, as part of my Boston back-story chapter.
Paine Puritans vs rationalists another example. When it comes to supposed outliers like them, religion and politics meet strangely in historiography. And founding history gets distorted.
However much they fought with each other, nobody on the famous-founders list wanted to transform the very basis and meaning of human society, but Paine did; he was a political, economic, and social radical.
When we turn to his religion, we may at first think Paine actually did have much in common with the men on the famous list. For he was of course a famous lover of reason and a skeptic about traditional faith. It was evangelical, in its way, and evangelicalism is what the better-known founders — and establishment history — always eschewed.
So the consensus historians handle the Paine problem with a complicated little dance. Samuel collaborated, famously, in the Congress with Episcopalians — tantamount to what he would have called Antichrist Papists — and secretly, in the street, with rationalists, universalists, New Light evangelicals, and lapsed Quakers to get what he wanted.
He would have found all of their religious beliefs at best silly and at worst Satanic; he found the political beliefs of his socially radical Philadelphia collaborators absurd and dangerous. But he was his own kind of pragamatist, and he was out for liberty for old New England.
But, hey, I found his tracks, not totally in plain sight, but not by turning up any new primary sources either. The Samuel Adams story in Declaration is scattered around the work of the earlier writers I follow. James Cannon and Christopher Marshall were working, through the Revolution, for the actual Biblical millennium, which they saw beginning in America.
That the atheist Young and the millennialist Cannon were friends and comrades in bringing about what amounted to a working-class revolution in PA is a pattern not easy to deal with, if you always need to find a more or less liberalizing tendency in religion and government, and nothing else of significance, in the founding period.
The founding period is certainly more teachable that way, for one thing.of church and state in massachusetts bay The Puritans were interested in establishing a degree of separation of church and state because: (1) they had been persecuted by the English government and wanted to ensure their own freedom of religion in Massachusetts Bay, (2) they disagreed with the Catholic/Anglican idea that the church should be.
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abuse of authority, Pessimism and Optimism, and Individual Importance. belief that art can be isolated from everything, pushes back against several preceding movements- seeks to expose hypocrisy of Puritans and Rationalists’ faith in reason over spirit.
Relates to. During my sophomore, junior, and senior (10th, 11th, and 12th) years in high school, a new world opened before my eyes. While attending a history class one day in what was either or , an American man approached the front of the room, having been invited to introduce his class: Japanese language.
Puritans believed there was a covenant between G-d and the people- if the people followed the Bible, G-d would take care of them The people had to obey the laws and the government provided for them First compact- Mayflower Compact The Puritans believed that their lives reflected the will of G-d- looked at the events in their life as revealing.
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