Beyond the Christian Nation: Religion and the Founding of the United States

Presented by Spencer McBride

McBride will describe the actual role religion played in the founding of the United States by examining the political activism of clergymen during the Revolution and in the Early Republic. Why did many clergymen oppose the Revolution and the Constitution on religious grounds? How did political leaders use religious rhetoric to obtain and maintain power? The answers to these questions will fundamentally change the way we understand America’s political and cultural origins.