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Ye Will Say I Am No Christian: The Thomas Jefferson/John Adams Correspondence on Religion, Morals, and Values

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Publisher Comments:

Reveals the surprising contents of letters between these champions of liberty and freedom as they speak frankly on topics that continue to stir debate in the 21st century.

Review:

"America's founding fathers have long been revered or reviled for their praise or rejection of religion. Along with Ben Franklin and Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams probed most deeply into their own religious psyches and the cultural role of religion. Braden, a postal carrier and independent scholar, collects a portion of the pair's letters dealing with matters of morality and religion. The letters range over the usual questions for which these men have already become known: the human/divine nature of Jesus, the afterlife, moral philosophy, the place of religion in the state. The collection lacks a critical apparatus, however, and Braden provides no rationale for his choices or method of selection. Although he does provide footnotes for the letters, the notes offer nothing more than brief identifications of writers or others mentioned in the correspondence. Braden arranges the letters chronologically from 1787 to 1826 (when both men famously died on July 4), but the correspondence lacks any direction or structure. Moreover, the collection contains twice as many of Adams's letters to Jefferson as those Jefferson wrote to Adams, although Adams's epistles lack the sparkling erudition of his cohort's writings." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Letter carrier and poet Braden throws fuel into the contemporary debate about religion, government, and The Founding Fathers by presenting the correspondence between the second and third US presidents on religion and related themes from 1787 to 1826. Footnotes identify references.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Letter carrier and poet Braden throws fuel into the contemporary debate about religion, government, and The Founding Fathers by presenting the correspondence between the second and third US presidents on religion and related themes from 1787 to 1826. Footnotes identify references. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Bruce Braden, with an undergraduate degree in sociology and an MA in personality theory and religion, is an independent scholar and the author of two books of poetry.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591023562
Editor:
Braden, Bruce
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Editor:
Braden, Bruce
Author:
Braden, Bruce
Author:
Jefferson, Thomas
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
Statesmen
Subject:
United States Moral conditions.
Subject:
Jefferson, Thomas
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Subject:
Philosophy
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
258
Dimensions:
9.24x6.30x.91 in. 1.08 lbs.

Related Subjects

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History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
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Ye Will Say I Am No Christian: The Thomas Jefferson/John Adams Correspondence on Religion, Morals, and Values
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Product details 258 pages Prometheus Books - English 9781591023562 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "America's founding fathers have long been revered or reviled for their praise or rejection of religion. Along with Ben Franklin and Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams probed most deeply into their own religious psyches and the cultural role of religion. Braden, a postal carrier and independent scholar, collects a portion of the pair's letters dealing with matters of morality and religion. The letters range over the usual questions for which these men have already become known: the human/divine nature of Jesus, the afterlife, moral philosophy, the place of religion in the state. The collection lacks a critical apparatus, however, and Braden provides no rationale for his choices or method of selection. Although he does provide footnotes for the letters, the notes offer nothing more than brief identifications of writers or others mentioned in the correspondence. Braden arranges the letters chronologically from 1787 to 1826 (when both men famously died on July 4), but the correspondence lacks any direction or structure. Moreover, the collection contains twice as many of Adams's letters to Jefferson as those Jefferson wrote to Adams, although Adams's epistles lack the sparkling erudition of his cohort's writings." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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