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American Revolution

What was the role of religion in the American Revolution?



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It was the Age of Enlightenment, and religion was beginning to lose its grip on the intellectual world. Many of the Founding Fathers were Deists or Naturalists; they believed in "Nature's God", or Creation itself, rather than a personal God. Some found wisdom in the proponents of different faiths (Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, etc.), and some didn't. Many monarchs (kings and queens) believed in the "Divine Right of Kings"; that God appointed them to their jobs, and wanted them there. The bad choices made by many monarchs called the whole idea into question.