Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land: The Bible, Liberty, and the American Founding


Conferees examined texts of the Bible that influenced modern political thought respecting the proper forms and functions of government in a free society, giving particular attention to the debates over American independence.


From Liberty Fund

The Sacred Rights of Conscience

by Edited by Daniel L. Dreisbach and Mark David Hall

The Sacred Rights of Conscience contains original documents from both public and private papers, such as constitutions, statutes, legislative resolutions, speeches, sermons, newspapers, letters, and diaries. These documents provide a vivid reminder that religion was a dynamic factor in shaping American social, legal, and political culture and that there has…

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Additional Readings

Bailyn, Bernard and Jane N. Garrett, eds. Pamphlets of the American Revolution, Volume I, 1750-1765. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1965.

Frohnen, Bruce, eds. The American Republic: Primary Sources. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2002.

Sandoz, Ellis, eds. Political Sermons of the American Founding Era, 1730-1805, Second Edition. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1998.

The Holy Bible King, James Version. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 2010.

Hyneman, Charles S. and Donald S. Lutz, eds. American Political Writing during the Founding Era 1760-1805. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1983.

Hart, Levi. Liberty Described and recommended; in a sermon, preached to the Corporation of Freemen in Farmingham, at their meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 1774, and published at their desire. Farmington: Corporation of Freemen, 1774.

Hemmenway, Moses. A Sermon, Preached before His Excellency John Hancock, Esq; Governor; His Honor Thomas Cushing, esq; Lieutenant-Governor; the Honorable the Council, and the Honorable the Senate, and House of Representatives, of the Common wealth of Massachusetts, May 26, 1784. Massachusetts: General Court, 1784.

Paine, Thomas. Common Sense. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, 1997.