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America was a Christian Nation: More Empirical Proof – Part II March 2, 2007

Posted by Daniel Downs in Chrisitanity, Constitution, freedom, human rights, law, politics, religion, United States.

Historical statements representing views of our various founders and their generation verifies the religious nature of America. Beginning where I left off yesterday, the founders’ view on human depravity was based on the legal and theological concepts of moral or natural law. The natural and legal rights of Americans originated from that innate law as created by God. Thomas Jefferson also held this view.

In his book called “On the State of Virginia” Thomas Jefferson warned America concerning prolonging the end of slavery. He foresaw the day win the North and South would go to war over slavery. As all other Americans, Jefferson viewed all war as God’s judgment. In that context, he also identified the source of our constitutionally guaranteed rights, when he wrote:

”A free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate…. God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a Gift of God?” His answer was no, freedom will not continue.”

Okay, the founders and their generation believed God created humans with an innate moral nature. Because he did, they believed our human rights are gifts of God, and we should live according the God’s moral law, natural and biblical. However, the Constitution makes no mention of God or moral law; therefore, it is secular and godless. All of the above is meaningless. Right?

In his opinion on the case of McGowan v. Maryland (1961), Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas wrote:

“The institutions of our society are founded on the belief that there is an authority higher than the authority of the State; that there is a moral law which the State is powerless to alter; that the individual possess rights, conferred by the Creator which government must respect. The Declaration Of Independence stated the now familiar theme: ‘We hold these Truths to be self evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.’ And the body of the Constitution as well as the Bill of Rights enshrined these principles.”

What Americans have forgotten is the how our government was structured. Donald Lutz, in “The Origins of American Constitutionalism”, traces the historical development of our particular form constitutional government. One of the unchanging elements was the compact. From the Mayflower Compact to our national compact, the pattern of development began with a covenant. As colonies grew laws were passed and bills of right written. Sometimes before and sometimes after, proto-constitutions were created and continued to develop from then on. Once regional issues developed, the New England colonies developed principles of confederation. Of course, the structure and numerous parts of our current national Constitution were derived from the previous one, the Articles of Confederation. Consistent throughout the entire development was the two-part compact. By 1776, the Law of Nations had also matured.

A comparison of our national compact—Declaration of Independences and Constitutions—with the Law of Nations reveals again the same continuation of principles. The Declaration defines the nation, its beliefs, goals, purpose, rights, relationships, etc., while the Constitution is the means of fulfilling those defining principles.

In other words, ‘enshrined’ with secular word in the Constitution is the legal guarantee of those religious, moral, values and rights as they relate to God, citizen, and foreign peoples.

John Adams, another of America’s Puritan founders and past President, gives us empirical evidence that Justice Douglas was correct in his view. In a formal speech to The American Bible Society, Adams said:

“It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue; and if this cannot be inspired into our people in a greater measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty. They will only exchange tyrants and tyrannies.”

As the above evidence demonstrates, America was definitively a Christian nation. Then, culture and law created an atmosphere in which all of the benefits could thrive. In the state America is in today, it might be wise to heed John Adams warning.

Source of the quotes in this article are the courtesy of Ears To Hear.net.



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[…] President Bush is not the problem. Liberals of both parties are part of the problem. Liberals have led Americans astray from one of the most important requirements of our founding freedom and rights; that requirement is personal and public morality derived from religion. This is not conservative rhetoric. It is the words of those who created the Constitution. (See ,a href=https://thestateofamerica.wordpress.com/2007/03/01/america-was-a-christian-nation-some-empirical-proof-%e2%80%93-part-i/>America was a Christian Nation: Part I and America was a Christian Nation: Part II) […]

2. Jay Osborne - July 14, 2007

Anyone claiming this nation was founded on the christian religion is dumb,dumb & dumber,in other words purely ignorant.The founding fathers stated themselves they were against christianity in favor of each individual choosing his own brand of religion or having no belief.Below are copy & pastes of some of their statements.
Paste:John Adams, the country’s second president, was drawn to the study of law but faced pressure from his father to become a clergyman. He wrote that he found among the lawyers ‘noble and gallant achievments” but among the clergy, the “pretended sanctity of some absolute dunces”. Late in life he wrote: “Twenty times in the course of my late reading, have I been upon the point of breaking out, “This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!”
Paste:The words “In God We Trust” were not consistently on all U.S. currency until 1956, during the McCarthy Hysteria.

The Treaty of Tripoli, passed by the U.S. Senate in 1797, read in part: “The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”

It was during Adam’s administration that the Senate ratified the Treaty of Peace and Friendship, which states in Article XI that “the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion.”
Paste:”The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.” — Thomas Jefferson (letter to J. Adams April 11,1823)
Paste:James Madison, fourth president and father of the Constitution, was not religious in any conventional sense. “Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.”
“During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity, in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution
Thomas Paine was a pamphleteer whose manifestos encouraged the faltering spirits of the country and aided materially in winning the war of Independence:
I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of…Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all.”
Paste:When John Murray (a universalist who denied the existence of hell) was invited to become an army chaplain, the other chaplains petitioned Washington for his dismissal. Instead, Washington gave him the appointment. On his deathbed, Washinton uttered no words of a religious nature and did not call for a clergyman to be in attendance.
Paste:Ethan Allen, whose capture of Fort Ticonderoga while commanding the Green Mountain Boys helped inspire Congress and the country to pursue the War of Independence, said, “That Jesus Christ was not God is evidence from his own words.” In the same book, Allen noted that he was generally “denominated a Deist, the reality of which I never disputed, being conscious that I am no Christian.” When Allen married Fanny Buchanan, he stopped his own wedding ceremony when the judge asked him if he promised “to live with Fanny Buchanan agreeable to the laws of God.” Allen refused to answer until the judge agreed that the God referred to was the God of Nature, and the laws those “written in the great book of nature.”

From me>>Why christian idiots claim such nonsense is beyond me,you lie right in the face of true written statements from the U.S.A.founding fathers.Of course christianity has lied for 2000 years so this is nothing new.
Jay Osborne

3. Daniel Downs - July 14, 2007

Anyone can cut and paste quotes that merely support a biased view. It a lack of knowledge of Americas history. For example, most colonies were Christian legal definition, by laws, and culture. The very political ideology upon which our nation was founded and Constitution was developed acknowledged biblical law as foundational. The First Congress had an official Bible printed for the nation. They instituted the chaplancy so that preachers of all kinds could pray for them and preach to them. The president is required by Constitutional law to abide honor the Sabbath. Etched on various federal buildings in Washington, DC are scriptures including the Ten Commandment, all of which testify to your error.

The First President, George Washington, was a Christian. As general he prayed with and preached to the troops. He attended church services regularly. He honored God and Jesus publicly. In fact most Presidents publicly acknowledged the Christian God publicly. Supreme Court justices ruled America was a Christian nation. All new states under federal law were required to schools to teach religion and morality because it necessary to good government.

If any today are as you accuse, so where most of the men who formed the America. The accusation is false and makes you the accused.

4. nuttierthanfruitcake - August 8, 2007

no offense dude, but washington was a deist. not a christian. he held his own personal beliefs in God. Deists believe there own thing not things of any ancient Biblical texts. No where does it say that America was founded on Christianity. America only became what it is today because Protestants tried to escape from religious persecution. You’ve probably heard this before, but in Washington’s Treaty of Tripoli, he directly says that the U.S. is not founded on Christianity or any religion. America is what a America is, a big melting pot. Supreme Court justices to me have no right to rule what America is or isn’t. I’d take facts over opinions anyday. They may judge for a living, but religion should play no part in their job.

5. nuttierthanfruitcake - August 8, 2007

O! I’m a Christian as well =)

6. jamii - August 19, 2007

Most scholars that I’ve read have said that while Washington may not have been the most visible christian, he was definitely more than a deist because of his claims that God protected the country and that the God that led the Israelites out of the bondage of Egypt was the one that providentially protected us.

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