12 January 2009

Founding faith

Jon Rowe profiles U.S. founding father Benjamin Rush, who, though generally cited as an orthodox Christian, showed ample evidence of freethinking. Rush wrote, for instance, that he "never doubted upon the subject of the salvation of all men," and seems to have been far more interested in the spirit of the Gospel than proof-texting justifications, opposing both slavery and capital punishment. My holiday reading prominently featured H.W. Brand's excellent biography of Benjamin Franklin - maybe Rush would make a good followup.

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