The Bible & the American Founders

No book was more accessible, familiar, and perhaps more important to the American Founders than the Bible. Indeed, no book was more frequently alluded to or quoted from in the political discourse of the Founding age than the King James Bible. How and for what purposes did the Founding generation use the Bible? How did the Bible influence their political culture? What are the insights and lessons for us today?

Daniel Dreisbach will discuss the impact of the Bible and its Christian ideas and ideals in shaping the American political experiment and the rights and duties of citizens – many of which we take for granted today.  Ignoring or being unaware of the Bible's influence on the Founders, as Dreisbach suggests many historians and citizens do, misses important insights about America’s form of democracy and of the concept of Providential self-government on which America is built.

A Q&A session will follow his presentation to allow attendees to dig deeper into this fascinating topic, especially in light of the current cultural attack upon the Christian principles that shaped our Nation.

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017 7 - 9:30 P.M EST
Location: McLean Presbyterian Church  1020 Balls Hill Road, McLean VA 22101 

Daniel Dreisbach: D.Phil, J.D. is a Professor of Justice, Law & Criminology at American University. He earned a doctor of philosophy degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. His principal research interests include American constitutional law and history, First Amendment law, church-state relations, and criminal procedure. He has authored or edited ten books and numerous articles in scholarly journals. Professor Dreisbach is a past recipient of American University’s highest faculty award: Scholar/Teacher of the Year.

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