Minister takes a look at founding father's faiths

SHELBURNE In another divisive election year, its always important to look back at our history. In an engaging new book, area author Gary Kowalski brings to life the complex creeds and personalities of America's founding fathers. The book confrontsfrom the perspective of its Unitarian minister authormany of the so-called myths about the religious views of some of the most notable figures in history. Offering clear and candid portraits of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Paine, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison as both religious reformers and political rebels, this analysis tells the illuminating story of these unorthodox men of faith and thought and reclaims their spiritual inheritance for all Americans. Providing an examination of how the founders nature-based spirituality was tied to their fascination with science, this book includes discussions about Washingtons aversion to the word God in public pronouncements, Jefferson's mathematical calculations to show that the biblical great flood would have been impossible, and Paine's thoughts on the possibilities of alien life. Rev. Kowalski will speak about and sign Revolutionary Spirits: The Enlightened Faith of America's Founding Fathers at the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne on Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m. Kowalski is the senior minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington. He is the author of Goodbye, Friend, Science and the Search for God and The Souls of Animals.

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