A Christian and a Democrat

A Religious Biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt

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John F. Woolverton, James D. Bratt
Library of Religious Biography
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
    , July
     2019.
     280 pages.
     $32.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780802876850.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Larry Ingle forthcoming.

Description

When asked at a press conference about the roots of his political philosophy, President Franklin Roosevelt responded, “I am a Christian and a Democrat.” This volume—part of the popular and widely acclaimed Library of Religious Biography series—tells the story of how the first informed the second, showing how FDR’s upbringing in the Episcopal Church and education at the Groton School under legendary headmaster and minister Endicott Peabody formed him into a leader whose politics were fundamentally shaped by the social gospel.

A work begun by religious historian John Woolverton (1926-2014) and recently completed by James Bratt, A Christian and a Democrat is an engaging analysis of the surprisingly significant religious life of one of the most important presidents in US history. Reading Woolverton’s account of FDR’s response to the toxic demagoguery of his day will reassure readers today that a constructive way forward is possible for Christians, for Americans, for the world.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

John F. Woolverton (1926–2014) was Professor of Church History at Virginia Theological Seminary, a pastor in the Episcopal Church, and longtime editor of the journal Anglican and Episcopal History.

James D. Bratt is Professor Emeritus of History at Calvin College and the author of Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democratand Dutch Calvinism in Modern America.

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