The Study Group will be meeting next on Monday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18. We will be discussing the book Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic, by Matthew Stewart. This book is an combination of history, historical biography, and philosophy that explores the radical religious and philosophical beliefs of some of the American Founding Fathers, and how they influenced the American Revolution and its legacy. An often surprising book that is both challenging and wonderfully written, Nature’s God discusses the influence of many ancient and modern philosophers on the American Revolution. The book explores the beliefs of “deism”, and explains some of the background to what the Declaration of Independence means by “the laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”, and “the pursuit of happiness”.

The Study Group meets monthly to discuss a variety of books, dealing with religious, philosophical, historical and scientific issues of common interest. Please come and participate in our group, and help decide what we will discuss next! For more information, contact Tim Bartik at bartik@upjohn.org, or 269-806-1904.

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