"Frequently scholars of political science and of history miss the importance of religion in the development of British and American government and economic life. Attempts at correcting this lacuna often are wrongheaded . . . However, in this erudite study Strehle gets it right."
— D. A. Brown, Choice
Strehle shows the significance and ongoing influence of religion in contemporary views of life by revealing the sacred roots of modern political ideas in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He goes beyond the typical emphasis upon English literature in discussing the role of the church in government, probing into the sources of democratic, federal, and egalitarian ideas on the continent of Europe during the Reformation.