Washington, Hamilton, Adams, and Jefferson all gravely doubted the future of the nation they created.
Was the early American republic really marked by deism, the Enlightenment, and secularity?
In his 1888 Church and State in the United States Philip Schaff argued that what made Christianity in the American republic unique was that it was a “FREE CHURCH IN A FREE STATE, or a SELF-SUPPORTING AND SELF-GOVERNING CHRISTIANITY IN INDEPENDENT BUT FRIENDLY RELATION...
While the Commonwealth was not the cartoonish inquisition its detractors make it out to be, the Cromwellian regime by no means approached what eventually became the understanding of toleration in the American republic.
The Promise and Peril of Disestablishment: Baptist and Reformed Political Theology in the New Republic
What were the differences between over church and state betwen Baptists and the Reformed in the early US republic?