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Under God: George Washington and the Question of Church and State

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No American living in 1800 would have predicted that Thomas Jefferson's idiosyncratic views on church and state would eclipse those of George Washington, let alone become constitutional dogma. Yet today's Supreme Court guards no doctrine more fiercely than Jefferson's antagonistic wall of separation between church and state. The most admired man of his age, Washington presided over the Constitutional Convention and was president when religious freedom was enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Washington considered religion essential for the virtue required of self-governing citizens. Though careful not to favor particular sects, he believed that a democracy must not merely accommodate religion but encourage it. Ross and Smith combine a study of Washington's thought with a copious appendix containing the full texts of his letters, speeches, and official documents on issues of church and state. They present his views chronologically, devoting a chapter to each stage of his career. An epilogue explains how Jefferson's separationist perspective achieved its disproportional influence on the modern Supreme Court.

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Michael Johnston, March 5, 2008 (view all comments by Michael Johnston)
Ross and Smith make a good case for what might seem obvious: George's public policy utterances were not necessarily inconsistent with the founder's private beliefs. So he was a politician after all? Well!!!
Claiming not to be comprehensive in scope, the authors include minutia important only to establish that George was consistent, padding the books length to some extent. Too much is made of repeated references to divine services in the military:
That General Washington felt it proper to issue military orders to his officers, commanding the troupes be marched on Sunday's to divine services, says nothing about his private thoughts on the place of religion in government.
A valuable reference tool, the book is well organized with extensive notes and exhaustive index.
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ISBN:
9781890626730
Author:
Ross, Tara
Publisher:
Spence Publishing Company
Author:
Smith, Joseph C.
Subject:
Constitutions
Subject:
Religion, Politics & State
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
United States - 18th Century
Subject:
Church and state
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Religion Western-Social and Political Issues
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
317
Dimensions:
9.28x6.32x1.29 in. 1.43 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , No American living in 1800 would have predicted that Thomas Jefferson's idiosyncratic views on church and state would eclipse those of George Washington, let alone become constitutional dogma. Yet today's Supreme Court guards no doctrine more fiercely than Jefferson's antagonistic wall of separation between church and state. The most admired man of his age, Washington presided over the Constitutional Convention and was president when religious freedom was enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Washington considered religion essential for the virtue required of self-governing citizens. Though careful not to favor particular sects, he believed that a democracy must not merely accommodate religion but encourage it. Ross and Smith combine a study of Washington's thought with a copious appendix containing the full texts of his letters, speeches, and official documents on issues of church and state. They present his views chronologically, devoting a chapter to each stage of his career. An epilogue explains how Jefferson's separationist perspective achieved its disproportional influence on the modern Supreme Court.
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