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Dreisbach book examines the Bible's influence on founding fathers
By Patti Ghezzi | Emory Law | Jan 19, 2017 12:01:00 AM

Daniel L. Dreisbach, CSLR Fellow and professor at The American University, has published Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers (Oxford University Press, 2016), a study of the American founders' use of the Bible in political discourse and an analysis of the diverse uses of the Bible in political rhetoric.

The book challenges the belief that the ideas informing the founding fathers were predominantly secular and shows that Enlightment rationalism competed with biblical Christianity in the founders' political thought.

"Focusing on the Bible’s impact on the political culture of the founding is not intended to discount, much less dismiss, other sources of influence that informed the American political experiment," Dreisbach writes on the Oxford University Press blog. "Rather, I contend that casting a light on the often ignored place of the Bible in late eighteenth-century political thought enriches one’s understanding of the ideas that contributed to the founding project.”

Read more about Dreisbach's book here.