This class is one in a series on the religious beliefs and practices of our nation’s founders.  There is a great deal said on this topic, much of it very simplistic. As you will see the religious beliefs of our founders were complex but also foundational.

George Washington was reared an Anglican, attended church with Martha, but left before communion was served.  He was very private on matters related to religion so did not leave us a “paper trail” from which to determine his views.  He was a man of the Enlightenment, so what he did leave us referenced God in Enlightenment terms. He was uncomfortable with religious dogma but George Washington and our prime exemplar for religious toleration as leader of the new country.