Sworn on the Altar of God

Sworn on the Altar of God: A Religious Biography of Thomas Jefferson

by Edwin A. Gaustad

This acclaimed biography explores the religious life of Thomas Jefferson and the contribution his strident commitment to religious liberty made to the formation of the nation.

Required reading for anyone interested in Jefferson’s famously unique spirituality.

Renowned historian Edwin Gaustad chronicles Jefferson’s intellectual growth, paying particular attention both to Jefferson’s private struggle to come to grips with his own faith and to his public role as champion of religious liberty. This volume is must reading for anyone interested in the religious life of one of America’s most significant figures.


Edwin S. Gaustad (1923–2011) was professor emeritus of history and religious studies at the University of California, Riverside. He was the original editor of A Documentary History of Religion in America, now in its fourth edition.

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