Gregg Frazer: The Religious Beliefs of the Founders

Gregg Frazer‘s Claremont doctoral dissertation on the religious beliefs of the founders has been well-cited over the last several years.  Frazer argues that the founding fathers were not deists or evangelicals, but what he calls “theistic rationalists.”

I found Frazer’s dissertation useful in writing Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction and I know that he has become a favorite “go to” political scientist for Jon Rowe over at American Creation.  Gary Scott Smith also found the dissertation useful in writing Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush.

Frazer has finally turned the dissertation into a book.  The University of Kansas Press has published The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, Revolution.  Gregg and the University Kansas Press were gracious enough to send us a review copy, so expect to see a review of the book sometime soon at The Way of Improvement Leads Home.

In the meantime, check out Frazer on “The Christian World View” and the “Frank Pastore Show.”

Pastore is hilarious.  He seems genuinely surprised that there are evangelical Christian historians out there who disagree with David Barton about the religious beliefs of the founders.  I don’t know if this tells us more about Frazer or Pastore.

5 thoughts on “Gregg Frazer: The Religious Beliefs of the Founders

  1. Finally some documented truth to negate the propaganda from the right and left about key founders of our country. There is no doubt some of America's early leaders were deeply Christian but they were apparently a minority. This book gives more credence to the evidence that America was founded to be the New Atlantis to lead the world into world government in the end times.

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  2. Frazer's documentation leaves much to be desired. Those who truly want to know what the founding fathers believed should use resources such as the following site which provides links to the original source of each quotation:

    Christian76.com

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  3. I have decided to write a full-length refutation of Mr. Frazer's book, and a critical portion of the first part of my response is now available on my website. In an article entitled What Does it Mean to be a Christian, I demonstrate that Mr. Frazer's list of ten fundamental doctrines that must be believed in order for someone to be a Christian is completely false.

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