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Revolutionary Deists : Early America's Rational Infidels,9781616141905

Revolutionary Deists : Early America's Rational Infidels



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A fascinating study of America's first culture war, one that in many ways has continued to this day. Includes profiles of six "rational infidels,": Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Ethan Allen, Thomas Paine, Elihu Palmer, and Philip Freneau.

Author Biography

Kerry Walters is the William Bittinger Chair of Philosophy at Gettysburg College. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Benjamin Franklin and His Gods and Atheism: A Guide for the Perplexed. His scholarly articles have appeared in The Encyclopedia of American Religion as well as The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Franklin.

Table of Contents

Introducationp. 7
The "Age of Licentious Liberty": Deism in Americap. 15
The Ambivalent Deist: Benjamin Franklinp. 51
The Frontier Deist: Ethan Allenp. 87
The Iconoclastic Deist: Thomas Painep. 113
The Deistic Christian: Thomas Jeffersonp. 145
The Crusader for Deism: Elihu Palmerp. 179
Deism's Poet: Philip Freneaup. 213
Zion Restored: The Decline and Fall of American Deismp. 245
Indexp. 275
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