He applied the “Page 99 Test” to his new book, God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson, and reported the following:
Page 99 is revealing indeed! It is where I begin my critique of Thomas Jefferson’s duplicity on the matter of church and state.Read an excerpt from God and the Founders, and learn more about the book at the Cambridge University Press website.
God and the Founders attempts to explain the church-state positions of three of America’s most important Founders: Madison, Washington and Jefferson. The book articulates each Founder’s church-state philosophy, applies those competing philosophies to actual religious liberty Supreme Court cases, and then evaluates each Founder’s position.
The book aims to show how the Founders agreed and disagreed (a point that prior studies have failed to understand). In doing so, I also attempt to reveal how the Founders have been used and misused by members of the Supreme Court, left and right. I contend that if we are going to consult the Founders to guide contemporary jurisprudence, we ought to: A) interpret the Founders correctly, and B) evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Founder’s position. God and the Founders attempts to provide the foundation to do just that.