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The Religious Roots of the American Revolution and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Journal on Firearms and Public Policy, Vol. 17, p. 167, 2005

18 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2007  

David B. Kopel

Independence Institute; Denver University - Sturm College of Law

Abstract

This article examines the religious background of the American Revolution. The article details how the particular religious beliefs of the American colonists developed so that the American people eventually came to believe that overthrowing King George and Parliament was a sacred obligation. The religious attitudes which impelled the Americans to armed revolution are an essential component of the American ideology of the right to keep and bear arms.

Keywords: American Revolution, religion, right to keep and bear arms, Puritans, Congregationalists, Presbyterians

JEL Classification: K42, N41

Suggested Citation

Kopel, David B., The Religious Roots of the American Revolution and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Journal on Firearms and Public Policy, Vol. 17, p. 167, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1022121

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