Skip to comments.Was America Founded As A Christian Nation?
Posted on 09/25/2012 7:24:27 PM PDT by billflax
Few matters ignite more controversy than Americas Christian roots. The issue reverberates anew this electoral season where the faiths of both major candidates have been questioned. Religion imbues politics.
The battle over Americas beginnings muddles wishful hero worship with efforts to commandeer Americas past so to steer her future. The most vocal proponents of Christian America and their counterparts advocating a completely secular state necessarily cherry-pick data to prove exaggerations while discarding inconvenient details.
By transforming our Forefathers into faithful servants of Christ the Religious Right risks compromising the biblical message. Baptist theologian Al Mohler warns advocates of Christian America have confused their cultural heritage with biblical Christianity. While Believers must exercise their views, cheapening what constitutes Christianity for political gain profanes the Gospel.
Moreover, Believers should refuse Big Government operating in Christs name. As empty pews in Europe testify, politicized religion impedes ministry. Beautiful cathedrals dot the Old World, but with scant congregants, they memorialize a funereal dearth of faith coming from state sanctioned pulpits.
Meanwhile, those most ardently challenging Americas Christian origins wrongly portray the Founders as rank secularists. They would seemingly reduce religious liberty to mere freedom of worship letting Believers pray in their hovels, but in public: Be seen and not heard. Some liberals seem inclined on expunging Christianity. Democrats nearly revolted over a fleeting reference to God-given potential at their convention.
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Well, of course this country was not founded on Christian Principles That would be wrong /s.
30% of the founders were ministers. Most were religious men.
They came here to practice Christianity out from under the control of the King.
“One Nation Under God”, and all that stuff.
America was NOT founded as a Christian nation.
A true Christian nation would not have allowed false gods to be worshipped in it’s society.
Islam, Buddhism and satanism would have been banned outright.
Jamestown first settlement.
” The first representative assembly in the New World convened in the Jamestown church on July 30, 1619. The General Assembly met in response to orders from the Virginia Company “to establish one equal and uniform government over all Virginia” which would provide “just laws for the happy guiding and governing of the people there inhabiting.” The other crucial event that would play a role in the development of America was the arrival of Africans to Jamestown. A Dutch slave trader exchanged his cargo of Africans for food in 1619. The Africans became indentured servants, similar in legal position to many poor Englishmen who traded several years of labor in exchange for passage to America. The popular conception of a race-based slave system did not fully develop until the 1680s.”
yes..the proof is all over the place
To the headline: yes
Believe me, dear Sir: there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But, by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose; and in this, I think I speak the sentiments of America.
Thomas Jefferson, November 29, 1775
He set aside a desolate and nearly abandoned portion of North America for the exclusive use of Protestants.
Considering who his father was, this was a magnificent gesture ~ worthy of memory.
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Catholic Founding Fathers - The Carroll Family [Ecumenical]
Charles Carroll, founding father and "an exemplar of Catholic and republican virtue" [Ecumenical]
Our Constitution is based on the Ten Commandments, not the koran.
Muslims have started the rewrite and are saying they were here before we were.
“Believe me, dear Sir: there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But, by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose; and in this, I think I speak the sentiments of America.
Thomas Jefferson, November 29, 1775”
Is that statement supposed to prove Jefferson was a Christian rather than a Deist?
Back when King Philippe I of Spain was favoring the Jesuits (I belive that's the order) as the bearers of Christianity to the Indians the chief Cardinal of Spain prevailed on him to allow all the orders in Europe to send missionaries to the New World ~ else he promised schism with Rome ~ meaning the same sort of Protestant/Catholic dispute as they had in France.
That squared away the old guy for a while, at least on that issue, and the settlement of America proceded with input from virtually every nation ~
Every part of America had been the subject of intense lobbying by Christian institutions long before the Founders managed to get here.
This was the GREAT PRIZE OF ALL HISTORY ~ a whole new world!
Its intended to show what his motivations were and that he believed in a creator.
Technically, freedom of religion in the colonies only applied to Christianity as all other “comparative religions” were considered pagan or false religions.
This was especially true of British, Scottish, French, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swiss, and Russian settlers.
Judaism was also considered consistent with Christianity as the root of Christianity. Islam was not in consideration except as a false belief system.
Just study Church History and a globe and follow the growth of freedom in the West.
“Oldest church structure in the U.S. The original adobe walls and altar were built by Tlaxcala Indians from Mexico under the direction of Franciscan Padres, circa 1610”