Yesterday, a friend of mine asked me if I had read Gregg Frazer's book on The Religious Beliefs of America's Founders. I told him that I had and that I had written a small book in response to Mr. Frazer's claims, but his question reminded me of just how little most people know about this particular area of my research.
Gregg Frazer is a history professor at The Master's College and a member of John MacArthur's Grace Community Church. His book on the founding fathers presents the claim that the most important of America's founders were decidedly not Christians but rather what he calls Theistic Rationalists. In my book, The Founders and the Myth of Theistic Rationalism, I show that Mr. Frazer relied on an improper definition of Christianity in order to exclude the key founders from the community of believers.
In addition to my book, however, I have also debated Mr. Frazer's view with several other historians, and most of those debates can be read online. The list below provides links to some of the best of those debates. If you've ever had any doubts about the faith of our founders, let me suggest that you take some time to read through a few of these debates and see if I might be able to change your mind.
December 16, 2012
John Locke Contradicting History
January 25, 2013
Standards For Determining "Christianity" & the Christian Nation Thesis
February 16, 2013
Frazer On Barton-Jefferson-Christianity @ World
March 2, 2013
Reading About the "Hindoos" with John Adams
March 2, 2013
Frazer Speaks On America's Founders @ Grace Community Church
May 8, 2013
JAMES WILSON AND THE SCOTTISH ENLIGHTENMENT
June 30, 2013
Fortenberry on the Bible's Political Theory
July 5, 2013
Independence Day After Glow
July 16, 2013
Actually Maybe It STARTED Going Downhill WITH John Witherspoon
September 1, 2013
Fortenberry Keeps Pulling Me Back In On Frazer
September 2, 2013
August 29, 2013
Dreisbach Reviews Frazer
December 25, 2013
Thockmorton: "Politifact Debunks Bryan Fischer’s Christianity Only View of the First Amendment"
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