Reformed Political Theory in the American Founding

Mark David Hall

in Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199929849
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980574 | DOI:
Reformed Political Theory in the American Founding

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This chapter provides an overview of the Calvinist world into which Sherman was born and raised. It offers an introduction to Reformed political theory, and sketches its transmission from Europe to America. It considers and rejects the possibility that the founders were significantly influenced by a secularized Lockean liberalism. It concludes by demonstrating, contrary to assertions by many scholars, that Sherman was a serious Calvinist.

Keywords: Reformed; Calvinist; political theory; John Calvin; Puritans; New England; John Locke; church attendance

Chapter.  11327 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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