Religion and the American Founding

Mark A. Noll

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780195326529
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Religion and the American Founding

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This article aims to identify the place of religion in the politics of the American founding era. It shows that the interaction between religion and politics was constant throughout the entire period, but the nature of that interaction varied greatly, depending on contingent forces and events. The article starts by studying religion and the ideology of revolution, along with the relationship of politics and religion in war and confederation. The link between the Constitution and religion is also studied. Some open-ended questions are considered in the last section of the article. Early American religion and politics are also covered.

Keywords: American founding; religion; politics; revolution; war; confederation; Constitution; early American religion

Article.  12870 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Issues and Debates ; Religious Studies

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