The American Revolution: Locke Adopted

The American Revolution: Locke Adopted

John Locke’s “Essay Concerning Humane Understanding” (London: Eliz. Holt, 1690). (Gilder Lehrman Collection)

Part Three examines the influence Locke’s governmental reasoning had on our Founding Fathers and the establishment of American liberty.

“Owing to wide circulation and study of Locke’s Two Treatise on Civil Government in America, the Founding Fathers adopted his philosophy and embodied it, not only in the U.S. Constitution, but in local and state/colonial governments.”  Darold Booton, Review of John Locke.

As Paul Jehle says: ”there has remained a deep chasm in the minds of many as to the origin of the civil liberties argued and defended during the time of the war for American Independence……What Mary-Elaine Swanson has done in her masterful book is to connect the missing link between the Biblical ideas of church government found among the Pilgrims and Puritans prior to the Great Awakening and the powerful sermons that inspired the American Colonies to stand ‘as one man’ in the face of British tyranny. That link was John Locke…”

Have you considered and pondered the role John Locke played in our American Christian history?  Could you effectively elucidate an understanding of the role of Locke in what Paul Jehle termed, “the missing link” between church government among the Pilgrims and Puritans and the powerful sermons of the Colonial era? 

The volume, John Locke: Philosopher of American Liberty by Mary-Elaine Swanson will provide you with the tools you need to answer the critics of Locke and to reestablish his important role in our American Christian history. Order your copy today at Pilgrim Institute.


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