Students of the American Founding routinely assert that America's civic leaders were influenced by secular Lockean political ideas, especially on the question of resistance to tyrannical authority. In the first part of this series, we showed that virtually all Reformed writers, from Calvin to the end of the Glorious Revolution, agreed that tyrants could be actively resisted. The only debated question was who could resist them. In this essay, we contend that the Reformed approach to active resistance had an important influence on how America's Founders responded to perceived tyrannical actions by Parliament and the Crown.
Smith, Sarah Morgan and Hall, Mark David, "Whose Rebellion? Reformed Resistance Theory in America: Part II" (2018). Faculty Publications - Department of History, Politics, and International Studies. 84.