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Religious Ideas in the Declaration of Independence: Thomas Jefferson, John Locke, and the American Mind

  title={Religious Ideas in the Declaration of Independence: Thomas Jefferson, John Locke, and the American Mind},
  author={K. Benham},
This thesis is an analysis of the religious statements of the Declaration of Independence. It examines contemporary uses of Locke’s ideas on natural rights and created equality in newspapers, town meetings, colonial governments, speeches, and sermons. It also identifies uses of Locke’s works in religious sources in the decades before the Revolution. Locke’s ideas became especially important to arguments in favor of religious liberty for dissenters during and after the First Great Awakening… Expand


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