Writing for The Imaginative Conservative, Gordon Arnold argues that Jonathan Edwards was a founding father of American political thought.

Edwards offered a political philosophy which was simultaneously Augustinian and compatible with facets of the Enlightenment. He articulated a vision for an America grounded in political freedom, but cognizant of the religion’s indispensability. His eschatology avoided jingoism and instead informed America of its profound duty to live up to the standards that God had designed.