The Genevan Reformation and the American Founding

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In this provocative study, David W. Hall argues that Calvinism had a greater influence on America's founders than contemporary scholars, and perhaps even the founders themselves, have understood. Calvinism's insistence that human rulers tend to err played a significant role in the founders' prescription of limited government and fed the distinctly American philosophy in which political freedom for citizens is held as the highest value. Hall's timely work countervails many scholars' doubt in the intellectual efficacy of religion by showing that religious teachings have led to such progressive ideals as American democracy and freedom.

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David W. Hall is an author, pastor, conference speaker, and political commentator. He is the founder and Senior Fellow of the Kuyper Institute, a political think tank in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

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In this learned and illuminating study, David W. Hall argues compellingly that to understand the political thought and culture of the American founding one must first understand John Calvin and his Geneva. This thoroughly researched and thoughtful volume is sure to challenge and change conventional thinking on the intellectual origins of the American republic. (Daniel L. Dreisbach, American University)

David Hall has done a superb job not only of tracing the development of Calvinist political thought but also of demonstrating its profound influence on the theory and practice of America's founding fathers. (E. Calvin Beisner, Knox Theological Seminary)

David Hall goes behind the stage sets of the "Enlightenment" from which most historians begin the story of the founding, and tells of earlier actions that set the drama in motion. For instance, the shocking idea, "Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God," which Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson proposed as the motto for the new United States, sprang from the reflections of John Knox in 1558. So also, John Calvin's insistence on limited government, human sinfulness and unreliability, and liberty as God's great gift shaped the thinking of the great majority of Americans prior to 1787, even those who (like Jefferson) were not Calvinists. These great brakes on Enlightenment enthusiasm spared America the agonies of France and much of Europe for the next two hundred years. (Michael Novak, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, 1994 Templeton laureate)

His book makes a serious contribution. It is based on wide reading and is packed with informative detail. (Themelios)

This volume needs to be in the possession of history and political science students, as well as all who are interested in the theological foundations that formed America. (Chalcedon)

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