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Library of Congress - Religion and the Founding of the Republic

Updated on August 4, 2008

You're in for a surprise! A great exhibition direct from the Library of Congress, is an objective resource for those attempting to understand our Christian roots in a fair, objective and balanced presentation. Actual source documents from the archives of the Library of Congress are used and presented in a very interesting and lively method. You will not be disappointed regardless on which side of the issue you stand.

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From the Website..

"""A major exhibition at the Library of Congress, "Religion and the Founding of the American Republic" explores the role of religion and its relation to the nation during its formative years. As the Librarian of Congress writes in his foreword to the exhibition catalog, "The wide variety of materials in the superb collections of the Library of Congress creates a unique national resource for mounting an exhibit on religion and the founding of the United States.

This exhibition demonstrates that many of the colonies that in 1776 became the United States of America were settled by men and women of deep religious convictions who in the seventeenth century crossed the Atlantic Ocean to practice their faith freely. That the religious intensity of the original settlers would diminish to some extent over time was perhaps to be expected, but new waves of eighteenth century immigrants brought their own religious fervor across the Atlantic and the nation's first major religious revival in the middle of the eighteenth century injected new vigor into American religion. The result was that a religious people rose in rebellion against Great Britain in 1776, and that most American statesmen, when they began to form new governments at the state and national levels, shared the convictions of most of their constituents that religion was, to quote Alexis de Tocqueville's observation, indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions. The efforts of the Founders of the American nation to define the role of religious faith in public life and the degree to which it could be supported by public officials that was not inconsistent with the revolutionary imperatives of the equality and freedom of all citizens is the central question which this exhibition explores."""

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