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Is America a Christian Nation? David Barton
In Touch Ministries ^ | July 2009 | David Barton

Posted on 07/09/2009 5:30:31 PM PDT by jer33 3

Is America a Christian Nation? Many people don't think so today. The truth is, however, that our great nation was founded on principles that are all throughout the Bible. Author and historian David Barton highlights our christian heritage in this eye opening message.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: ameraicanhistory; america; americanheritage; americanhistory; barton; belongsinreligion; christiannation; history; usa
Is America a Christian Nation? Many people don't think so today. The truth is, however, that our great nation was founded on principles that are all throughout the Bible. Author and historian David Barton highlights our christian heritage in this eye opening message.

http://www.intouch.org/davidbarton

1 posted on 07/09/2009 5:30:31 PM PDT by jer33 3
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To: jer33 3

http://www.intouch.org/davidbarton


2 posted on 07/09/2009 5:33:42 PM PDT by jer33 3
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To: jer33 3

In God We Trust. Did, Do, and Will.

The majority of us anyway.

I don’t care what Barrack Hussein Obama said, we are still a Christian Nation, thank you very much.


3 posted on 07/09/2009 5:40:45 PM PDT by Chong (Tea Party 2009. We are not gonna take it No Mo')
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To: WKB; Vision; Cindy; Calpernia; PetroniusMaximus; blue-duncan; SunkenCiv; davidosborne; xzins; ...

Is America a Christian Nation? Many people don’t think so today. The truth is, however, that our great nation was founded on principles that are all throughout the Bible. Author and historian David Barton highlights our christian heritage in this eye opening message.

http://www.intouch.org/davidbarton

Note: The video is lengthy but worth the time viewing!


4 posted on 07/09/2009 5:42:57 PM PDT by jer33 3
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To: jer33 3

Hey!


5 posted on 07/09/2009 5:45:13 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: jer33 3
Officially, formally, constitutionally?

No.

But it is our Christian tolerance and sense of freedom that allows leftist jackasses to spew their anti-American BS lies on the streets, rather than treating them the way the Iranian protesters were treating.

Of course, for the braindead liberals out there who troll FR, quote FRs’ posts out of context, and then go on a long, limp-wristed assault in the comfy, stuffed-animal filled blogpages, let me be clear:

The Iranian protesters were protesting FOR freedom.

You leftist jackasses protest to support tyrants and the destruction of American liberty.

6 posted on 07/09/2009 5:52:57 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (It's soft tyranny, folks. It's smiley-face fascism.)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

PM, great to see you. Its been a while. Still writing much? This is a good video. I love history and somehow I missed being taught while growing up what David Barton from WallBuilders mentions about our nation in the video.


7 posted on 07/09/2009 5:54:54 PM PDT by jer33 3
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To: Chong

Indeed an overwhelming majority of US citizen still proclaim to be Christians.


8 posted on 07/09/2009 5:58:24 PM PDT by jer33 3
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To: Chong

This is a perfect presentation to show how ill informed the current president of the US is.
Its too bad we couldn’t have had an American leading America!


9 posted on 07/09/2009 6:00:47 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: jer33 3

They hide it well.


10 posted on 07/09/2009 6:11:20 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: jer33 3

I highly recommend Barton’s books. They’re not light reading, but well worth the investment of time.


11 posted on 07/09/2009 6:12:42 PM PDT by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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To: jer33 3

There is no such thing as a Christian nation or a Christian army or a Christian bathroom. There are Christians in all three, but to say that a nation is a Christian nation is to completely misunderstand Christianity. Christianity is about life and salvation given through Christ Jesus. Did the United States declare war against Germany and Japan, or did Christ?
It is true that the Declaration of Independence based human rights on a Creator and not the state. That is not Christianity. You can believe that, and be a Jew or a Muslim. Christ did not establish any government, religious or secular.


12 posted on 07/09/2009 6:13:16 PM PDT by Nosterrex
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To: jer33 3

I don’t think there are any Christian nations but there will be one in the future. All the nations are of this world and Jesus was offered them by the temptation from Lucifer. He said to Pilate his kingdom was not of this world.


13 posted on 07/09/2009 6:20:48 PM PDT by xp38
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To: jer33 3

Thanks for the post. I just finished watching the entire broadcast. It was great.

Thanks again.


14 posted on 07/09/2009 6:36:28 PM PDT by CapnJack
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To: Chong

He is the only name by which we must (can) be saved!


15 posted on 07/09/2009 6:48:48 PM PDT by JSDude1 (DHS, FBI, FEMA, etc have been bad little boys. They need to be spanked and sent to timeout!)
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To: jer33 3

There are no Christian nations left in the world with the exception of perhaps the Vatican. The true Christian nation could not allow the worship of any god but the Christian God. Remember the First Commandment — Thou shalt not have false gods before Me.

This means that there be no worship of Allah, Vishnu nor Buddah or any other perceived god allowed inside its borders. The problem with the One True God is that He is very politically incorrect.


16 posted on 07/09/2009 6:57:43 PM PDT by 353FMG (Death is Life without Freedom.)
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To: jer33 3

That’s right and I watched him on In Touch with Dr. Stanley and I’ve watched him on other specials, too.

He is a good and wise man AND he is an accurate historian.


17 posted on 07/09/2009 7:20:03 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Nosterrex

The video does present well the history of our nation and how it was founded on Christian principles. What a difference we would see in our culture today if people chose to walk as God desires.


18 posted on 07/09/2009 7:29:58 PM PDT by jer33 3
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To: FourPeas

**I highly recommend Barton’s books. They’re not light reading, but well worth the investment of time.**

Barton is a very talented historian and teacher.


19 posted on 07/09/2009 7:32:32 PM PDT by jer33 3
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To: jer33 3

bullsheet is it a Godly nation is the question and here is why — Christianity is a kind of Judaism.............you cannot even think about Jesus, without completely knowing and understanding Judaism..........get that straight once and for all


20 posted on 07/09/2009 7:33:18 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: jer33 3

Thank you for posting.

David Barton is always so informative.


21 posted on 07/09/2009 7:40:31 PM PDT by Texas56
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To: Nosterrex
I agree. . ."America is a Christian nation" is such an imprecise term. . .it is sure to foment disagreement for the very reason that it can mean different things to different people. If it means that the founder's Biblical faith inspired the ideas upon which the nation is established. . then yes, America is a Christian nation. . .however, I do not think the founders would say that America is based on Christian dogma but rather upon "self evident truths". . and the idea that they are "self evident" is, essentially, declaring that they are not subject to a particular faith or scripture. .or even require a faith, at all, in order to perceive them. . that's why they are "self evident". . as the "laws of nature" and of "nature's God."

However,those that say America is strictly a secular nation are also deeply mistaken. The core of the "American Creed" is the assumption that God exists and bequeathed to humanity the endowment of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." Religion, in general, has a vital civil role. . .to provide the virtue to the populace from which the common parameters of good citizenship are derived.

22 posted on 07/09/2009 7:47:10 PM PDT by McBuff
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To: jer33 3

Excellent video! Thanks!


23 posted on 07/09/2009 7:49:00 PM PDT by savagesusie
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To: jer33 3; Ghost of Philip Marlowe; PetroniusMaximus; Nosterrex; 353FMG

It would be more accurate to call it a Masonic republic. The constitutions of many of the states had explicitly Christian sentiments, and required an oath of office holders. However, the US Constitution explicitly prohibits a religious test for any office holder. See the following online book for the details of the argument (it can be downloaded as a PDF file or the embedded copy can be read at the linked page):

http://www.scribd.com/doc/7396435/Conspiracy-in-Philadelphia-Origins-of-the-US-Constitution-by-Dr-Gary-North

From CONCLUSION to the author’s “Forward”:

The thirteen colonies in 1775 had charters or constitutions. Only Rhode Island’s charter allowed men of no trinitarian confession to be elected to civil office, i.e., to serve as part of the voice of civil authority. Therefore, only Rhode Island refused to identify the God of the Bible as the sovereign incorporating agent of the colony.

The Articles of Confederation (1781) served as a halfway national covenant. They identified “the Great Governor of the World” as the sovereign incorporating agent (Article XIII).

The United States Constitution (1788) identifies “We the People” as the sovereign incorporating agent. This book is the story of this covenantal transition: new covenant, new god.

From the author’s PREFACE:

“One of the most striking features of the United States Constitution of 1787 is the absence of an explicit acknowledgment of the Deity or the Christian religion. The invocation of a deity to authenticate or attest to divine sanction for public acts or decrees is a tradition that pre-dates the Christian era and is found in non-Western, as well as Western, cultures. In this respect, the Constitution departed from the pattern of most public documents of the day. The Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms (1775), The Declaration of Independence (1776), The Articles of Confederation (1781), virtually all state constitutions, and other official documents are replete with claims of Christian devotion and supplication for the Supreme Being. However, the federal Constitution makes no such religious affirmation or declaration, even of the perfunctory kind that was typical of other documents written by the framers. . . . This omission is remarkable since, despite any revolutionary ardor of the time, there was little sentiment that the new republican order broke with the prevailing Christian traditions of the American people.”
- Daniel Dreisbach (1996)-

This book is my attempt to explain this historical anomaly: a significant break in history that did not seem to be a break at the time. It still doesn’t. I explain it in a way that Dr. Dreisbach does not. He defends the traditional view of Protestant Christians in the United States. They have believed, from 1788 onward, that the United States has been a Christian nation under its Constitution. This is an odd belief on the face of it, since the United States Constitution’s sole reference to God is indirect: the words, “the year of our Lord,” referring to 1787. If this is the sole judicial basis of the Christian American national civil covenant, then the case for America as a Christian civil order rests on a very weak reed.

From the CONCLUSION to the author’s Preface:

I can do no better than to end my Preface by quoting the opening words of the Preface to Forrest McDonald’s E Pluribus Unum: The Formation of the American Republic, 1776–1790 (1965).

“The first function of the founders of nations, after the founding itself, is to devise a set of true falsehoods about origins – a mythology – that will make it desirable for nationals to continue to live under common authority, and, indeed, make it impossible for them to entertain contrary thoughts.”

The founders of the American civil order, whose work culminated with the ratification of the Constitution in 1788, lent their post-1788 authority to the creation of a grand mythology, as McDonald outlines it. It was a mythology of American nationalism, as distinguished from American federalism. [19] This is the grand mythology of the textbooks. The only historically significant challenge to this mythology took place on approximately 10,400 battlefields, 1861–65.

But there was another aspect of this mythology. It has been so successful that Professor McDonald and his contemporary academic peers, let alone the nationalist historians of the nineteenth century, do not consider it relevant, and hence rarely bother to mention it: the transformation of a dozen independent Christian civil commonwealths in 1775 into the covenantally agnostic civil order of 1788 that would, over the next two centuries, become covenantally atheistic. It is the story of the conquest of colonial America by Rhode Island – a victory that Rhode Island enjoyed without actually having participated in the struggle: the only colony not to send delegates to the Convention, and the last of the thirteen to ratify it, just barely, in 1790. It is this story that I have decided to tell one more time. The silence that greeted Political Polytheism indicates that once was not enough.

(footnote)
[19]. Forrest McDonald, E Pluribus Unum: The Formation of the American Republic, 1776– 1790 (Indianapolis, Indiana: LibertyPress, [1965] 1979), p. 18.

Further comments by the author about the writing of the book:
http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north291.html
http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north445.html


24 posted on 07/09/2009 8:01:43 PM PDT by Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek
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To: yldstrk

May God bless you and keep you.


25 posted on 07/09/2009 9:36:46 PM PDT by jer33 3
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To: CapnJack

You’re welcome, CapnJack.


26 posted on 07/09/2009 9:38:02 PM PDT by jer33 3
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To: Texas56

You are welcome, Texas56. God bless you and your loved ones.


27 posted on 07/09/2009 9:40:30 PM PDT by jer33 3
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To: jer33 3

Thank you, the same to you.

By the way, is your “name - Jer33 3” a scripture reference?

One of my favorite verses - Jeremiah 33:3.


28 posted on 07/09/2009 9:50:30 PM PDT by Texas56
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By the way, is your “name - Jer33 3” a scripture reference? One of my favorite verses - Jeremiah 33:3.

Yes, it is my favorite verse: 'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.' Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)
29 posted on 07/10/2009 6:22:12 AM PDT by jer33 3
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To: jer33 3
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haym_Solomon

Our Revolution was in large part financed by a Jew. We're polyglot Religiously from our inception as a Nation.

The more the merrier as long as you respect the equal Rights of others.

30 posted on 07/10/2009 6:25:50 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (III)
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To: jer33 3

Today on Glenn Beck Show I saw David Barton, discuss America a foundation as a Christian Nation. I agree 100%. I have tried writing numerous people including Glenn Beck Himself, via e-mail and regular mail..’No One’ Has Ever Replied Back to what I am going to write below:

The time is RIGHT, the time is NOW. The past words “These Are The Times That Try Men’s Souls” written by Thomas Paine 1776 are echoing back to us as we are indeed becoming increasingly more divisive and torn apart as a nation.

I am taking the chance you will read my words. To some, my vision may be too sophomoric (?SP), but I do not care...It is coming from my passion and my heart. At 70 years of age I may not have many more voting opportunities coming my way. It is you, that have the passion, and it is you that may have the connections to reach out and see if what I suggest has any merit.

We (American People) need another ‘tool,’ that will spread the word to any and all across this nation as to what the word America means. To use Glenn Beck’s words “Question With Boldness” I ask: Hell, if Michael Moore can produce a film about all that is negative about America, why can’t someone produce a short film about all that is positive about America, and also show it throughout this nation? Glenn already has shown in theaters across America ‘A Christmas Sweater’...Why not something as this, for the time is Right and the time is NOW...Is it not?

No, not from a Nationalistic Nazi/Mao propaganda point of view, but one based on historical accurate accounts..our founding.. our evolution. our core roots, principles and values as envisioned and drawn up by imperfect men, who came to these new lands seeking freedoms/liberties and away form a Monarchy, Religious Intolerance, Taxation, or Serfdom, which ultimately led to the formation of our Constitution and Declaration of Independence. A Dream, an Ideal, for all the world to see and still come to our shores.
This would be about all that is ‘Good’ about America.
Some ideas that rush through my mind...to help finance, speak with people such as Bill Gates, W. Buffet, T.B. Pickens, Ross Perot etc...Rupert Murdoc (FOX)himself....there are so many potential sources available!
Producer/Director: Approach Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood.
Narration/Introduction: Newt Gingrich, as he is also an Historian and author of many books on American History.

If we stand united and hold clear defined positions we can and will stop this Radical Progressive Ideology, currently in Washington, from transforming America into another European Union Member.
Once more I state...The Time is Right, and the Time is NOW....Keep the Dream...Keep The Ideal Alive.


31 posted on 04/08/2010 8:47:18 PM PDT by Avellino1
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To: jer33 3

thank you for this video


32 posted on 04/18/2010 10:28:58 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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