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By Mary V. Thompson

Attempts through evangelical Christians to assert Washington and different founders as their very own, and students' ongoing makes an attempt to contradict those claims, are not anything new. relatively after Washington was once now not round to refute them, legends of his Baptist baptism or mystery conversion to Catholicism started to proliferate. Mount Vernon researcher Mary Thompson endeavors to get past the present preoccupation with even if Washington and different founders have been or weren't evangelical Christians to invite what position faith had of their lives. Thompson follows Washington and his relatives over numerous generations, situating her inquiry within the context of latest paintings at the position of faith in colonial and postrevolutionary Virginia and the Chesapeake.

Thompson considers Washington's energetic participation as a vestryman and church warden in addition to a beneficiant donor to his parish ahead of the Revolution, and the way his attendance declined after the conflict. He could attend specified ceremonies, and stood as godparent to the kids of friends and family, yet he stopped taking communion and resigned his church place of work. anything had replaced, yet was once it Washington, the church, or either? Thompson concludes that he was once a religious Anglican, of a Latitudinarian bent, instead of both an evangelical Christian or a Deist. The which means of this description, Thompson permits, while utilized to eighteenth-century Virginia gents, is much from self-evident, leaving abundant room for speculation.

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