Tuesday, July 04, 2006

For Independence Day-- Religion and America's Founders

The July 4 holiday has brought a spate of articles on the religious views of America's founders. Here is one from the Macon (GA) Telegraph focusing on an interview with John Thomas Scott, a Mercer University professor of early American history and religion. Here is an article from uuworld.org on the views of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson that argues "Theologically, the second and third U.S. presidents were Unitarians." SFGate.com carries an interview with David L. Holmes, professor of religious studies at the College of William and Mary, and author of The Faiths of the Founding Fathers. Finally, here is a link to "State of Belief," The Interfaith Alliance Foundation's show on Air America Radio, which this Sunday discussed with four authors why the separation of church and state was important to America's founders.