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Faith and the American Presidency

     

 

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Never before in American history have so many presidential candidates been identified with a strong, personal faith. There are no "religious" candidates because all are religious in one way or another. The question is: What difference does this make once the person is in office?

 

While we can’t predict the future, we can look to the past to give us a clue. Written by leading American historians, Faith and the American Presidency shows how the personal beliefs of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, and Ronald Reagan—among others—shaped their public policies.

 

What readers will see is that religious faith does indeed shape the presidency in ways that are both subtle and unexpected.

 

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Table of Contents

 

Introduction: Nine Presidential Moments
Mark Galli

 

Chapter 1: George Washington: American Moses
Gary Scott Smith

 

Chapter 2: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams: The Rancorous Referendum on Church and State
Daniel L. Dreisbach

 

Chapter 3: Abraham Lincoln: War and the Will of God
Ronald C. White Jr.

 

Chapter 4: William McKinley: A Nation on a Divine Mission
Richard Pierard

 

Chapter 5: Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson: Champions of the ‘Democratic’ Bible
Mark Noll

 

Chapter 6: Harry Truman: The ‘Cyrus’ of Israel
Paul Charles Merkley

 

Chapter 7: Ronald Reagan: Re-Moralizing America
Paul Kengor

 

Appendix 1: The Presidents and their Denominations

 

Appendix 2: The Presidents on God

 

Appendix 3: Recommended Reading

 

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