Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Jon Rowe

Richard Price

Richard Price, whom most folks have never of, profoundly influenced the American Founding. We blogged about him at American Creation here, here, here and here. His theology, along with Joseph Priestley’s, illustrates the kind of “Christianity” that disproportionately appealed to the Founding Fathers. I put Christianity in quotation marks because Price was a Unitarian of…

Ben Franklin v. Thomas Paine

Ben Franklin is one of those Founders most likely to be thought of as a “deist.” Now, perhaps that term, in some sense, describes Franklin’s creed, but not in the same sense that it describes Thomas Paine’s. At American Creation Tom Van Dyke has a good post on why Franklin was not a “deist” as…

Protecting the Children

When you hear someone shriek that we need to “protect the children” (like Maude Flanders or was it Rev. Lovejoy’s wife?) as justification for a law or policy, you can be pretty sure that liberty is about to be impinged. After all, what was Socrates executed for? Corrupting the minds of the children. With that…

Jefferson, Notes on the State of VA

You can access Thomas Jefferson’s book, Notes on the State of Virginia, here. In discussing rights and God, my co-blogger at American Creation Tom Van Dyke has repeatedly mentioned on these comment threads one of Jefferson’s passages from that book which you can read in context here. The following is the relevant passage from Jefferson’s…

More on Rights & God

I am happy with the discussion generated by my first post on rights and God. Here is some more food for thought. I think the Acton Institute does a credible job arguing a good scholarly case that religion or Christianity is necessary for human rights. I saw their special “The Birth of Freedom” at its…

Before his son Philip died in in 1801, Hamilton was, for all the years he did his work “Founding” America, like the other key Founders, a theistic rationalist. Douglass Adair and Marvin Harvey wrote an excellent article in the William & Mary Quarterly in 1955 entitled Was Alexander Hamilton a Christian Statesman? Adair and Harvey…

Liberty & God

America’s Founders believed political liberty derived from an unalienable — that is God given — natural right to liberty. The ones most notable for articulating this theory were not orthodox Trinitarian Christians who believed the Bible the infallible Word of God. And the Bible itself, from a strict literal interpretation, is entirely unconcerned with political…

Did GW Say SHMG?

My co-blogger at American Creation Ray Soller has done Yeoman’s work showing that the historical record does NOT demonstrate George Washington added “So Help Me God” to his oath of office. This historical nuance is playing a part of Michael Newdow’s present lawsuit to restrain John Roberts from adding those words to the Constitution’s required…

My studies concentrate on showing how “Christian Nationalists” take credit for American Founding ideals on erroneous historical grounds. So why is it important for libertarians to note this? It’s because the Christian Right are not libertarians and they don’t believe in respecting the personal liberty of folks who don’t follow their worldview. If you don’t…

Kuznicki and Babka on the Pledge

At Positive Liberty my cobloggers Jason Kuznicki and Jim Babka discuss their problems with the Pledge of Allegience in two very insightful posts. Here’s Jason’s post, reacting to one of Radley Balko’s posts, discussing why atheists (obviously) have a problem with the Pledge. And here is Jim Babka’s post on why Christians should have a…