U.S. History

"Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic"

Matthew Stewart

About the Program

Matthew Stewart looks at America's founders and their philosophical underpinnings for the birth of the nation.  The author contends that the desire for a secular state played a central role in the removal of British rule, and examines how deism, a belief that reason and nature explain the workings of the world, was embraced by many of the Founding Fathers.  Matthew Stewart speaks at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

About the Authors

Matthew Stewart

Matthew Stewart's books include The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World.  For more information, visit the author's website, mwstewart.com.


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"Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic"

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Past Airings

  • Sunday, September 21st at 4:15am (ET)
  • Sunday, August 3rd at 8pm (ET)
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