Kresta in the Afternoon – July 3, 2020 – Hour 2

+  Kresta Comments: We Hold These Truths

  • Series Details: This segment is part of a series titled Colonial America.
  • Description: What does it mean to “hold these truths to be self-evident?” Al takes a look at some key phrases from the Declaration of Independence and what they mean today.

+  The Founding Fathers and the Bible (2 segments)

  • Description: In Colonial times, no book was more accessible or familiar than the Bible. It was by far the most alluded to and quoted source during political discourse and was well-known to the Founding Fathers. How did they use the Bible when they were founding the new nation? We'll look at their diverse use of scripture and theology with Daniel Dreisbach.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Daniel Dreisbach
      Daniel Dreisbach is the author of Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers. He's a professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology at American University in Washington and received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University. He has written extensively on the intersection of religion, politics and law in the American founding.
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    • Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers

      No book was more accessible or familiar to the American founders than the Bible, and no book was more frequently alluded to or quoted from in the political discourse of the age. How and for what purposes did the founding generation use the Bible? How did the Bible influence their political culture? Shedding new light on some of the most familiar rhetoric of the founding era, Daniel Dreisbach analyzes the founders' diverse use of scripture, ranging from the literary to the theological. He shows that they looked to the Bible for insights on human nature, civic virtue, political authority, and the rights and duties of citizens, as well as for political and legal models to emulate. They quoted scripture to authorize civil resistance, to invoke divine blessings for righteous nations, and to provide the language of liberty that would be appropriated by patriotic Americans. Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers broaches the perennial question of whether the American founding was, to some extent, informed by religious--specifically Christian--ideas. In the sense that the founding generation were members of a biblically literate society that placed the Bible at the center of culture and discourse, the answer to that question is clearly "yes." Ignoring the Bible's influence on the founders, Dreisbach warns, produces a distorted image of the American political experiment, and of the concept of self-government on which America is built. (learn more)

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