NPR's Totenberg: Hamilton Ignoramus

“If you read any of the great biographies of the founding fathers—I’ve just been reading one about Hamilton—you really see that a lot of them were not true believers in the Christian faith,” said Nina Totenberg on WJLA’s Inside Washington Sunday. (Video here; scroll to 10:28.)

The NPR national affairs correspondent did not reveal which “great” biography of Hamilton suggested that he was not a Christian, nor did she mention how it explained away Hamilton’s final letter, written July 10, 1804—the night before his fatal duel with Aaron Burr (Letter here, p. 358). As observed by M. Stanton Evans in a forthcoming article in the American Spectator, Hamilton told his wife why he had resolved not to shoot Burr:

“The scruples of a Christian have determined me to expose my own life to any extent, rather than subject myself to the guilt of taking the life of another. This much increases my hazards, and redoubles my pangs for you. But you had rather I should die innocent than live guilty. Heaven can preserve me, and I humbly hope will; but, in the contrary event, I charge you to remember that you are a Christian. God’s will be done! The will of a merciful God must be good.”

As Evans asks, “If Hamilton was the least religious of the founders, what does that say about the others?”