Monday, June 17, 2013

The book-ended faith of Alexander Hamilton

Historian and Catholic layman Donald D'Elia wrote an worthwhile essay on the faith of Alexander Hamilton, republished over at the Catholic Education Resource Center: Alexander Hamilton: From Caesar to Christ. Originally published as part of his book Spirits of '76: Catholic Inquiry, D'Elia does a very good job of tracking the trajectory of Hamilton's religious views. While I think D'Elia is a little too harsh regarding Hamilton's political maneuvering during the Adams' administration, his overview of the factors that lead to Hamilton's eventual embrace of Protestant Christianity is well worth a read.

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