Saturday, May 18, 2013
The cautionary tale of Alexander Hamilton's faith
An interesting reflection on that topic is posted over at the blog Holy Aspirations: A Look at the Faith of Alexander Hamilton. For what it's worth, my own theory is that Hamilton's religious faith became stronger as his worldly ambitions were increasingly frustrated. Hamilton always had a theological cast of mind, but his embrace of orthodox Protestant Christianity (evidenced by his death-bed desire to receive the eucharist) was long-a-coming. The collapse of the Federalist Party, the death of his son Philip in a dual, and his national humiliation in the Reynolds affair all contributed to Hamilton embracing faith more seriously. As is so often the case, when the things of the world turn to dust, the things of the spirit take new life.