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Brooke Allen's Twentieth-Century Attitudes was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has also written Artistic License. This book, "The Moral Minority" goes in great detail, examining the writings and personal letters of the Founding Fathers and re-affirms the truth of this countries founding. It lays waste the lies of fundamentalist Christians that this nation was founded by fundamentalist Christians for fundamentalist Christians.
Moral Minority presents a powerful case that the unique legal framework the Founding Fathers created was designed according to the humanist ideals of Enlightenment thinkers: God entered the picture only as a very minor player, and Jesus Christ was conspicuous by his absence. The guiding spirit of the Declaration of Independence and the . Constitution, Ms. Allen explains, was not Jesus Christ but John Locke.
Brooke Allen argues that the founding fathers did not establish a Christian nation. Since the founding, America’s religious enthusiasms have waxed and waned, confounding Jefferson’s prediction, made in 1822, four years before his death, that there is not a young man now living in the United States who will not die an Unitarian. In 1908, William Jennings Bryan, the Democrats’ presidential nominee, said his Republican opponent, William Howard Taft, was unfit because, being a Unitarian, he did not believe in the Virgin Birth.
Brooke Allen presents a quick history of six of the primary Founding Fathers of the USA and their views towards religion and government. Moral Minority is a great book to offer any reader willing to consider the words of the Founders themselves rather than simply accept the modern-day evangelical propaganda regarding our 'Christian' heritage. Moral Minority presents unforgettable images of our iconic founders: Jefferson taking a razor to the Bible and cutting out every miraculous and supernatural occurrence; Washington rewriting speeches others had crafted for him, so as to omit all references to Jesus Christ; Franklin and Adams confiding their doubts about Christ's divinity; Madison expressing deep disapproval over the appointment of chaplains to Congress and.
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See a Problem? We’d love your help. Details (if other): Cancel. were not advocates for a monolithic notion of "God and Country," as promoters of a Christian America would now have us believe. They were precisely the opposite: the very prototypes, in fact, of the East Coast intellectuals we are always being warned against by today's religious right. Brooke Allen, Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers. George Washington rewrote the presidential addresses crafted for him by others so as to omit all references to Jesus Christ.
Our Skeptical Founding Fathers. Published October 25, 2006 by Ivan R. Dee, Publisher.
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Our Skeptical Founding Fathers. Her penultimate chapter deals with religion in American since 1787, and she ends with a primer in 18th-century history. In it, Allen explains latitudinarianism, Unitarianism and Deism and provides snapshots of the intellectual founding fathers of the Enlightenment-Locke, Hume, Adam Smith, et al. She worries today about a retreat from Reason. Allen’s style can be off-putting