The Founding Fathers and Religious Ignorance

Thomas Kidd, author of the new book God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution, reflects on what the founding fathers might have thought about the recent Pew study revealing the religious ignorance of the American people.

Kidd writes:

The founding fathers saw the American people’s faith and knowledge as integral to the well-being of the republic.  Religion, they believed, teaches people about their moral obligations before God and the fundamental equality of all people, while good education trains us in the enlightening wisdom of the ages.  If the recently-released Pew Forum Religious Knowledge Survey is any indication, Americans are in trouble in both religion and education.  It reveals a lack of religious substance and understanding that the founders would have found deplorable.

BTW–I just received my copy of God of Liberty today.  I hope to blog on it soon.