…or have we had a lot of religion-related posts here lately? I’m going to squeeze in one more. Check out this interview with Bradley Birzer, author of a new book on Charles Carroll. (Tip of the hat to Mark Shea for this one.)
Most folks remember Carroll (if at all) as the only Catholic among the Founding Fathers and the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence. Birzer raises some interesting points about Carroll’s religion and its impact on his reputation. Despite the strain of religious liberalism that a lot of people associate with the Revolution, many eighteenth-century Americans remained deeply suspicious of the Catholic Church. The fact that Carroll managed to become an influential leader of the Revolutionary movement in spite of this is pretty impressive.