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  • Lecture posted June 7, 2011 by Mark David Hall, Ph.D. Did America Have a Christian Founding?

    Abstract: Did America have a Christian Founding? This disputed question, far from being only of historical interest, has important implications for how we conceive of the role of religion in the American republic. Mark David Hall begins by considering two popular answers to the query—“Of course not!” and “Absolutely!”—both of which distort the Founders’…

  • First Principles Series Report posted June 1, 2009 by Mark David Hall, Ph.D. Justice, Law, and the Creation of the American Republic: The Forgotten Legacy of James Wilson

    James Wilson was one of six men to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. In the Federal Convention of 1787, he spoke more often than all but one other delegate (Gouverneur Morris), and by all accounts he played a critical role in framing the Constitution. His early defense of the proposed Constitution and his leadership…

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