A Christian Founded Nation

Regardless of what some people in our country think our nation is with respect to our belief in God or what some may feel about “separation of church and state” and the original intent of our founding framework, many of the founding fathers of our nation were quite clear on this issue.  Most of what I have read points to our founding fathers as being decidedly Christian, and their vision of what our country was and should be clearly aligns with those Christian principles.

Consider these testimonials:

The Mayflower Compact
November 11, 1620
In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, having undertaken, for the glorie of God, and advancemente of the Christian faith a voyage to plant the first colony.
The Constitution of the
New England Confederation

May 19, 1643

Whereas we all came to these parts of America with the same end and aim, namely, to advance the kingdome of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Signers Oath to the
Constitution of Delaware
September 20, 1776
I, (the undersigned), do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore; And I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine Inspiration.
33rd United States Congress
1854
In this age there can be no substitute for Christianity. That was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.
The United States Supreme Court
1892
There is no dissonance in these declarations. There is a universal language pervading them all, having one meaning; they affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation. This is a Christian nation.

Consider the words of these Statesman who each had an active hand and a profound influence on the founding and direction of our country:

John Witherspoon, Patrick Henry, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Rush, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay and Daniel Webster.

Consider the words of these later Statesman who also each had a profound influence on our country as well:

Abraham Lincoln, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman, Earl Warren, Dwight Eisenhower, John F Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

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4 Responses to A Christian Founded Nation

  1. Doyle says:

    Thank you for the compliment! I wish I had time to research this further as I am quite certain I’ve only scratched the surface on the influence Christians have made in founding and defending our country.

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  2. For more critical balance to this, I would recommend “Getting Jefferson Right,” written by two Christian scholars, and Matthew Stewart’s, “Nature’s God.” Maybe read some Thomas Paine. Also consider what those early Christian colonies did to the original inhabitants of their new promised land. Then there’s the nagging question whether any founders would be judged as “true Christians” by defenders of the faith today?

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  3. Doyle says:

    Whether a person is truly following their faith says nothing to whether or not their beliefs are in question. I can profess to be Christian and not love my brother as I should, but that does nothing to negate Christian ideals. I’m not aware of the “nagging” question regarding the judgment of our founding fathers intentions that you refer to, but whatever this question is, however legitimate, it still says nothing about the true foundation of the Christian faith. And while I have read accounts that go both ways regarding the colonists treatment of the original inhabitants of those settled areas, that too should not be considered a shortcoming of their faith but again of the individual.

    The critical balance I see with respect to our country’s Christian foundation is this: 96% of the men who signed either the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation or the U.S. Constitution were Christian. Of those, only 4 were Catholic and the other 123 were Protestant. The other 4% were either Deists (Thomas Jefferson, Cornelius Harnett and Benjamin Franklin) or Unitarian (John Adams and Robert Paine). By any rational accounting, this would indicate an overwhelming majority of Christians.

    The question of whether Thomas Paine should be considered a founding father is often debated. Some say his writings (Common Sense, The Age of Reason) had a significant impact on the founding of our country, others disagree. He did not emigrate to the American colonies until 1774 and did not sign any of the documents mentioned above. And although he was widely disliked because of his ridicule of organized religion, he was still a Deist and did believe in God. His influence on this body of men who are generally considered our “founding fathers” was not significant, at least not mathematically.

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