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.
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.