I am having a hard time embedding the video, but you can watch it here.
Hall knows his stuff. He presents two predominant views about Christian America. The first view is that the founders created a nation rooted in secularism. He cites Frank Lambert, Richard Hughes, Brooke Allen, Edwin Gaustad, Steven Waldman, etc…
The other view is promoted by non-academic trained historians (he cites Amos, Marshall, Manuel, Eidsmore, etc…) who try to assemble quotes from the founders to prove the United States was founded as a Christian nation.
What I really like about Hall, and it is something I do extensively in the first chapter of my book, Was America Founded as a Christian Nation, is that he “interrogates” the meaning of what we mean when we say America was a Christian nation. He proposes different ways of defining the founding of America as well.
In the end, Hall is interested in the way Christianity has informed the ideas behind the Revolution.
I will let you watch the rest.
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