George Washington's God

THU, MAR 9, 2006 (19:07)

Michael Novak, one of the country’s leading conservative thinkers, offers the first in-depth look at the religious life of George Washington. Washington has long been viewed as the patron saint of secular government, but Novak’s new book Washington’s God reveals that it was Washington’s strong faith in divine Providence that gave meaning and force to his monumental life. Narrowly escaping a British trap during the Battle of Brooklyn, Washington did not credit his survival to courage or tactical expertise; he blamed himself for marching his men into seemingly certain doom and marveled at the Providence that delivered them. Throughout his career, Washington remained convinced that America’s liberty was dependent on faithfulness to God’s will and trust in Providence. Washington’s God shows him not only as a man of resource, strength, and virtue, but also as a man with deeply religious values. This new presentation of Washington will bring him into today’s debates about the role of faith in government and will challenge much we thought we knew about the inner life of the father of our country.

+ BIO: Michael Novak

Theologian, author, and former U.S. ambassador, Michael Novak currently holds the George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. He is the 1994 recipient of the million-dollar Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

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