Yesterday I caught some of an excellent C-SPAN panel on the religious views of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. You can watch the session on C-SPAN. (Sorry, C-SPAN will not allow me to embed the video on this blog).
The session was part of a larger conference, held this past summer at Monticello, on the libraries, leadership, and legacy of these two men.
Here is the full panel:
Jefferson, Adams, and Religion (Monticello)
Constance B. Schulz, University of South Carolina, “Train up a Child in the Way He Should Go”: Books and the Earliest Religious Training of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
Philip Goff, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Balancing Mobs and Aristocrats: Religion, Politics, and Society in the Career of John Adams
Frank Lambert, Purdue University, A FREE INQUIRY under the authority of the People: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on Religion
John Ragosta, University of Virginia, Jefferson’s Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom: How We Got It, What We Did with It
Commentator: Conrad Edick Wright, Massachusetts Historical Society
If you go to the website you can also read and download the papers. Enjoy!