Protestant Constitutionalism, Just War, and the American Revolution
Because Protestant theology and its variants took root in the soil of political conflict, it became infused with rich political ideas about liberty, law, and tyranny. The American Revolution was in many ways a product of this combination of Anglo-American constitutionalism and republican political theology. Dr. Moots will present a broad outline of Protestant constitutionalism over two centuries and demonstrate how its political values became a defense for the justice of the American Revolution. He argues that even though constitutionalism lost its Protestant character in the American Founding, its ideals remain a pious obligation of patriotic Americans.
About the Speaker
Glenn A. Moots is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy and Director of the Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. He is author of Politics Reformed: The Anglo-American Legacy of Covenant Theology and currently at work on both a monograph on Protestant Constitutionalism in early America and also a co-edited volume examining the American Revolution as a just war. He is author of over four dozen book chapters, academic essays, review essays, and articles in academic and popular journals such as First Things, Modern Age, Modern Reformation, and Public Discourse. He has received fellowships from the Huntington Library, the Acton Institute, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the Earhart Foundation, numerous teaching and faculty excellence awards, and the Order of Merit from the Eric Voegelin Society. In 2013-14, he was a William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. He earned his PhD at Louisiana State University and his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. He also has graduate degrees in philosophy, political science, and financial economics.