Shaw and Grinder publish “The Presidents and their Faith”

March 8, 2012, 9:03 am

NNU’s Professor of Political Science Dr. Steve Shaw and Associate Professor of English Dr. Darrin Grinder released their new book “Presidents and their Faith” this month. Shaw and Grinder hosted a meet-and-greet and book signing March 13.

The authors attempt to show the complexities of each United States President’s faith, noting “no president seems to be just one thing”—they each come from varied backgrounds. Except for the lone Catholic President, John F. Kennedy, all have been Protestant.

The Presidents range from the publicly devout, such as Jimmy Carter, to the freethinking Thomas Jefferson, to those who kept silent about their private faith, such as Calvin Coolidge. Presidential faith controversies have been with us all along: Jefferson was called an “arch infidel;” William Taft, the country’s last Unitarian President, faced allegations of heresy during the 1908 campaign; and, Kennedy was suspected of being a Vatican agent.

To obtain the book, visit, or The book is available both in hard copy and electronically.

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