Mark David Hall

About Mark David Hall

Mark David Hall is Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics at George Fox University and author of Did America Have a Christian Founding? Separating Modern Myth From Historical Truth.

Donald Trump and Religious Liberty

By |2020-02-07T18:50:14-06:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Donald Trump, Government, Liberalism, Politics, Religion, Republicanism|

Many of America’s founders defended religious liberty, believing it grounded on the duty men and women have to worship their Creator. As late as the 1990s, Democrats and Republicans were able to work together to protect that liberty, but unfortunately, the political left has begun to abandon religious freedom. As the 2020 presidential campaign [...]

What the ACLU Gets Wrong About the Separation of Church & State

By |2019-05-09T11:08:12-05:00December 11th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Christianity, Faith, History, James Madison, Politics, Thomas Jefferson|

America’s Founders did not want Congress to establish a national church, and many opposed establishments at the state level as well. Yet there was virtually no support for the sort of separation of church and state promoted today by organizations such as the ACLU… In Everson v. Board of Education (1947), Justice Wiley Rutledge proclaimed that [...]

Faith of Our Founders: The Role of Religion in America’s Founding

By |2019-08-31T14:53:50-05:00November 2nd, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Christianity, Faith, History|

George Washington, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton are regularly referenced as Founders who embraced deism. Yet to my knowledge no writer has ever produced a public or private letter, journal entry, or text showing that these men rejected orthodox Christianity or embraced deism… “[The] significance of the Enlightenment and Deism for the birth of the American [...]