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Author: Brooke Allen
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Publisher: Ivan R. Dee (October 5, 2007)
Pages: 256

Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers by Brooke Allen

Library of Congress Control Number: 2006008160. International Standard Book Number (ISBN): 1566636752 (cloth : alk. paper). International Standard Book Number (ISBN): 9781566636759 (cloth : alk. Publication, Distribution, et. Chicago.

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.

Note: Contents data are machine generated based on pre-publication provided by the publisher. Contents may have variations from the printed book or be incomplete or contain other coding. TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface. i Chapter One: Franklin. 1 Chapter Two: Washington. 22 Chapter Three: Adams. 43 Chapter Four: Jefferson. 62 Chapter Five: Madison.

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

In her lively refutation of modern claims about America's religious origins, Brooke Allen looks back at the late eighteenth century and shows decisively that the United States was founded not on Christian principles at all but on Enlightenment ideas. Enlivened by generous portions of the founders' own incomparable prose, Moral Minority makes an impassioned and scintillating contribution to the ongoing debate-more heated now than ever before-over the separation of church and state and the role (or lack thereof) of religion in government.
Reviews: 7
Only four stars? Well, yes. The author does a first class job of teasing out tibits of of history and providing as reasonably thorough, though not intensive summary of the views of the chief architects of the Constitution, and she keeps it entertaining to a point. But ... she relegates the climate within which the events that formed the US to a chapter toward the end. The foundation of a building is not an after thought. MM is an entertaining read, useful as a source to those who are already familiar with the history, but it is not very well organized and to someone under the thumb of their pastor, not easily accessible as a reasoned argument.
How many times have you heard the statement, "This country is based on the Christian values of our founding fathers?" This extremely well researched book shows very clearly just how untrue that statement is. Most of our founding fathers would be appauled at the high percentage of this country that still believe in and practices fundamental Christianity. While several of these men were clearly atheists, even those who were not were steadfast in their opinion that religion and religious beliefs and practices should play no role in our government. They were clear in their opinion that all American citizens should be free to practice any religion they choose or no religion at all without any effect on their status as full americans. They were, furthermore, crystal clear in belief that personal religions beliefs should play no role in the decision making function of government. This was a brave book that Brooke Allen wrote, considering the fact that the vast majority of readers may simple not want to hear what this book has to say.
Four for the author but two stars for the publisher. The kindle edition has a fine, thin, faint, font that can not be changed. This makes it not very pleasant reading. I never saw a Kindle book with only one font and a bad one at that.
Loved it. It will not make the religious conservatives very happy as they would like to present our founders as monolithic in their beliefs so as to support their present political stances. These men were children of the Enlightenment and a theocracy or at least a government strongly influenced by any religion was anathema to most of them. Allen makes this case easily and clearly.
Great historical narrative on the religious skepticism of our founding fathers. Too many evangelicals and political light-weights (Sarah Palin) have the incorrect belief our founding fathers were tied to Christian beliefs. Many of them were Deists and a couple eschewed religious belief altogether, such as Jefferson and Franklin. A good book for those who like history.
When I went to school, it was so long ago that they still taught American history and Civics. We learned the Founders of our country were influenced by Locke, Paine, Hume, and the Enlightenment. That they knew first hand of the tyrannies and wars in Europe, the sectarian and religious conflicts that caused so much bloodshed. They were determined to not let that happen in the new country they were founding. That's the way I learned my American history.

However, today there are right-wing elements that are trying to rewrite history. "He who controls the past, controls the future." These so-called "conservatives" are distorting the truth. 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.

This book gives me the ammunition to counter their arguments and completely destroy their lies. The religious beliefs and motives of six founding Fathers are explored in detail. Jefferson fought hard to keep the wall between Church and State. He founded the first non-religion based University - The University of Virginia. There are some interesting glimpses of the Founders personal lives. George Washington dropped Martha off at church and left her there in order to avoid the Eucharist.

The Founding fathers were at most Deists - believers in a Creator, Providence, a higher power. Jesus was a teacher, and enlightened man. Deists do not accept the Trinity, doubt a miraculous virgin birth, or believe in the divinity of Jesus. Many born-again sects would not accept Deists as Christians. So how can they claim that the Founders were Christians bent on founding a Christian nation? The Founders were more influenced by the writers of the Enlightenment then by the Bible.

This book will re-affirm what you should have learned in school if you were paying attention.