(Amazing) Historian Daniel Dreisbach, author of Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers, wrote a guest piece at fellow (amazing) historian Thomas Kidd’s blog, offering a condensed summation of his more detailed presentation in his book (can’t wait to pick it up off the “To Read Next” pile).
“The Bible,” Adams responded promptly, “contains the most profound Philosophy, the most perfect Morality, and the most refined Policy, that ever was conceived upon Earth. It is the most Republican Book in the World, and therefore I will still revere it…. [W]ithout national Morality,” he continued, “a Republican Government cannot be maintained.”
Adams…was not alone among his contemporaries in making this remarkable claim. John Dickinson, the acclaimed “penman of the Revolution,” for example similarly observed, “The Bible is the most republican Book that ever was written.” Such sentiments were common in the political discourse of the age.
Read the rest here.