In Washington’s God Michael Novak-one of America’s leading neoconservative pundits-and his daughter, Jana, uncover George Washington’s religious life. Finally the record is set straight on the most thoroughly misunderstood aspect of Washington’s life. The Novaks focus on Washington’s strong trust in divine Providence and see this belief as providing the unifying narrative to his monumental life.
Published: Basic Books on Feb 13, 2007
This book is getting mixed reviews, but I am among those who think it is good. There are 419 footnotes in this 282 page book, and most (the vast majority) are from Washington himself or persons who knew him well.I believe that the Novaks made the case that Washington was a Christian (at least "well within the mainstream of one vein of Anglicanism for his time") and not a diest(god is a watchmaker). They took the time to define terms, parse documents of support, and provide example after example to prove their points. They also took "head on" those who argue that Washington was a diest or at best, merely a Stoic.The book includes a selected bibliography and is indexed.read more