Political Sermons of the Founding Era
This is a Reading List based upon a Liberty Fund Conference on “Liberty in the Political Sermons of the American Founding Era.”
Liberty in the Political Sermons of the American Founding Era
Guide to the Readings
- Ellis Sandoz, Political Sermons of the American Founding Era: 1730-1805, 2 vols, Foreword by Ellis Sandoz (2nd ed. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1998).
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Session I: Liberty and Religious Understandings of Civil Government.
- §3 Elisha Williams’s “The Essential Rights and Liberties of Protestants” (1744), pages 55–78 and 97–118 (46 pages)
- § 32 Samuel Langdon’s “The Republic of the Israelites an Example to the American States” (1788), pages 945–967 (23 pages).
Session II: The Connections of Religious and Civil Liberty.
- §17 John Witherspoon’s “The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men” (1776), pages 533–558 (26 pages)
- §37 John Leland’s “The Rights of Conscience Inalienable” (1791), pages 1083–1099 (17 pages).
Session III: Christianity, Liberty, and Rebellion.
- §12 from Samuel Sherwood’s “Scriptural Instructions to Civil Rulers” (1774), pages 394–407 (14 pages)
- §13 John Wesley’s “A Calm Address to Our American Colonies” (1775), pages 413–420 (8 pages).
Session IV: Religious Practice and Religious Liberty After Disestablishment.
- §11 Isaac Backus’s “An Appeal to the Public for Religious Liberty” (1773), pages 331–367 (38 pages)
- §38 David Tappan’s “A Sermon for the Day of General Election” (1792), pages 1105–1127 (23 pages).
Session V: Comparing American Religion and Religious Liberty to the British Experience.
- §34 Richard Price’s “A Discourse on the Love of Our Country” (1790), pages 1009–1028 (20 pages).
Session VI: Comparing American Religion and Religious Liberty to the French Experience.
- §48 Timothy Dwight’s “The Duty of Americans, At the Present Crisis” (1798), pages 1367–1394 (28 pages).
- American Liberty in Political Documents before 1787
- An Introduction to the Major Writings of Ludwig von Mises
- British and French Sources of American Constitutionalism
- Burlamaqui, Bayle: Freedom Tolerance, Natural Law
- Cato’s Letters: Liberty and Responsibility
- Cobden: Liberty and Peace
- Constant’s Principles of Politics
- Eric Mack, An Introduction to the Political Thought of John Locke
- Gibbon and the Rise of Christianity and Islam
- Homer’s Iliad: Liberty and Responsibility
- Hume, Smith, and Ferguson: Wealth, Commerce, and Corruption
- Hume: History of England
- James Tyrrell on Authority and Liberty
- Jefferson-Hamilton Debate
- Major Political Thinkers: Plato to Mill
- Mandeville: Vice, Virtue and Liberty
- Mill-Macaulay Debate on Government
- Milton: Liberty in his Prose and Poetry
- Old Testament and English Political Thought
- Paine and American Liberty
- Political Sermons of the Founding Era
- Rousseau and Hume: Contrasting Views of Liberty
- Shakespeare and Marlowe: Liberty in Four Plays
- Shakespeare: Liberty and Responsibility
- Sophocles and Aeschylus: Blood Justice and the Founding of Legal Order
- Tacitus: Liberty and Tyranny in the Annals
- Thucydides: War, Empire, and Liberty