John Adams’ fascination with religion to be discussed

To complement the "John Adams Unbound' exhibit at Loutit District Library, Dr. Stephen Monsma will present a discussion on the exhibit's theme, "Service to God,' at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21. Monsma's presentation reveals John Adams' fascination with questions of religion and spirituality. Adams read widely in the subject all of his life; he even considered becoming a minister in his younger years, before settling on a legal career. Despite his lifelong pursuit of religious studies and interest in spiritual controversies,
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Adams’ fundamental beliefs remained constant. As he affirmed to Thomas Jefferson at the age of 81, “The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount contain my religion.”

Monsma is a research fellow at the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College and professor emeritus of political science at Pepperdine University.

The program will be held in the library’s Program Room A. It is free to the public.

The “John Adams Unbound” traveling exhibit is on display at the Grand Haven library through Aug. 5.



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