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Politics and Conscience

Paul C. Gutjahr

in Charles Hodge

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199740420
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894703 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740420.003.0048
Politics and Conscience

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Chapter forty-eight examines Hodge’s politics and his tripartite commitment to God’s sovereignty, property rights and the need for religion to be tied to political action for the good of the nation. Through an examination of Hodge’s Repertory review of Moses Stuart’s Conscience and the Constitution, one finds that Hodge had a firm commitment to believing that humanity’s common moral sense would bind the nation together. This belief was unsettled by the Civil War. Hodge also shifted political party allegiances during this life from the Whig party to the Republican party, but he always considered himself a Federalist at heart.

Keywords: Charles Hodge; Moses Stuart; Thomas Jefferson; Andrew Jackson; John Fremont; Whig Party; Abraham Lincoln; slavery; Compromise of 1850; Fugitive Slave Law; Kansas-Nebraska Act; Confederate States of America

Chapter.  4056 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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