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Class Thirty-one American Deism’s Influence on the Founding Fathers

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Published on Aug 25, 2014

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Class Thirty-one
This lecture will discuss Deism, its history, philosophy and how its meaning has changed somewhat in the present day. We shall be focusing on the influence of Deism on many of the significant Founders of the United States in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. We shall glance at 18th Century Unitarianism, also, because it was an important influence on some of our Founders, particularly Thomas Jefferson. I shall be speaking about the beliefs of Ethan Allen (1738- 1789,) Thomas Paine (1737- 1809,) Benjamin Franklin (1706- 1790,) George Washington (1732- 1799,) Thomas Jefferson (1743- 1826,) and James Madison (1751- 1836.) Their thinking was nonconventional with regard to orthodox Christianity. All of them embraced some form of Deism.

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