Issue 99 : Faith & the American Presidency
Originally published in 2008
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Table of Contents
From the Editor
In his 1796 Farewell Address, George Washington argued that religion and morality were essential pillars of the new republic.
The rancorous presidential election of 1800 brought religion to the forefront of public debate and had lasting repercussions for the relationship between church and state.
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address pointed a grieving nation to the mystery of divine providence.
William McKinley saw America's unexpected opportunity in the Philippines as a sign from God—and set the U.S. on a new course of global influence.
Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson were champions of both the Bible and progressive reform.
Harry Truman's support for the creation of the State of Israel was rooted in his interpretation of Scripture.
In his controversial "Evil Empire" speech, Ronald Reagan sought to re-moralize America's conflict with the Soviet Union.
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Every elected president has referred to God, providence, or a "higher power," in an inaugural address. Whether this says more about the president's personal faith or the expectations of the audience, such statements show the close connection between American politics and the public expression of religious belief.
Presidents have often served as chief pastors of the nation's shared beliefs.