The book discusses the relationship of religion to political entities (countries) in Europe and America in the 17th and 18th centuries. It aims to fill a gap in the literature by understanding the varieties of religious expression in Europe at the time and how those trends influenced the rise of religion in the American colonies and the early United States, and also to wonder if the founding fathers of the US desired a Christian nation.
Joshua B. Stein has taught at Roger Williams University since 1969. He received his PhD from St. Louis University in history and A.M. in Religious Studies from Brown University. His most recent book is Commentary on the Constitution from Plato to Rousseau (Lexington Books, 2011). Currently, he is working on a comparative study of the literature of the First World War and the Iliad. Sargon G. Donabed is Assistant Professor at Roger Williams University, where he teaches Middle Eastern history and religious studies. He serves on the advisory board of the journal Chronos, published by the University of Balamand in Lebanon. His work has been published in journals such as Folklore and National Identities. He is a recipient of The American Academic Research Institute Iraq (TAARII) grant for his work on Assyrian folklore of Iraq and is the co-editor of The Assyrian Heritage: Threads of Continuity and Influence (2012).