By Christian nation, I mean that its laws and institutions were largely shaped by Christian values and ideas. The systematic study of tens of thousands of documents in founding era conclusively proves America's Christian roots. Even in a casual perusal of the Christian inscriptions on monuments and buildings in Washington DC show overwhelming evidence for America's Christian heritage.
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Great answer! The Constitution was silent about Christianity largely because it was assumed that religious establishments were left up to the state governments.
The Pilgrims fled to Holland to avoid persecusion and eventually sailed to the New World. Keep in mind though our Founding Fathers did indeed want religious freedom, yet for them this freedom was primarily limited to other forms of christianity.
That's because there was nobody among them that worshiped other faiths outside of some form of Christianity. However, that does not mean they intended to ban other faiths. They were likely just unfamiliar with them.
Mitch, you'll notice that I was careful to define what I meant by Christian Nation. The Supreme Court declared America a Christian nation in 1892 and 1952.
wba, I believe we are on the same pair, I was just answering the question... :)
I think we are to. Maybe I shouldn't use the term Christian nation because of the confusion it creates. Maybe it would be better to say that America was largely shaped by Christian ideas and principles
And it's no accident, there's a leftist agenda to secular America!
The founders made clear that the Founding documents reflected the will of the people and not their own private beliefs. The public meaning of what he said and did is what is relevant to the founding American values and ideas.
Thank you so MUCH for the link to wallbuilders!!!
Love Wall Builders.
I also like wall builders as the quality of their research surpasses even that of academic research. They rely exclusively on original sources whereas many who opposed them are content to quote thier own peers.
I believe the influence of Deism to be exaggerated as to our nation's founding. If your interested my Hub addresses this https://hubpages.com/politics/Separation-of-Church...
If you go to Jefferson's own writing you will discover he was not the Deist he is advertized to be these days. John Locke was indeed influential as well.
This is true, American and British Deism existed in the framework of the Christian faith. This is unlike the athiestic french form of Deism.
Good question. I think you know why its under attack,
The pilgrims wanted more than religious freedom, Holland was the most religiously tolerant country in Europe. They wanted to advance the Gospel to new lands.
If Holland was so tollerent, then why did my maternal family, along with others, have to flee that country, for England, about 400 years ago, because of religious persecution?
Well, there must have been a reason the pilgrim's originally fled England for Holland.
What pilgrims 'fled England for Holland'? I wasn't aware of people fleeing England for Holland, there is obviously a gap in my European history.
That's right, the pilgrim's were persecuted,fined and jailed in England for refusing to join the Anglican Church. Holland at that time was the best place they could go to be left alone.
I beg to differ, the federal government since the founding gave non-sectarian support of Christianity right up till about the 1950’s. I believe our institutions have only been secularized since the 40’s and 50’s. Non- sectarian is not secular.
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