Journals Higher Education



Published: 04 May 2000

320 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195133554

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Religion and the Continental Congress, 1774-1789

Contributions to Original Intent

Derek H. Davis

Religion in America

This book offers the first comprehensive examination of the role of religion in the proceedings, theories, ideas and goals of the Continental Congress. Those who argue that the U.S. was founded as a "Christian Nation" have made much of the religiosity of the founders, particularly as it was manifested in ritual invocations of a clearly Christian God. Congress's religious activities, Davis shows, expressed an unreflective popular piety, and by no means a determination of the revolutionaries to entrench religion in the federal state.