In Their Own Words… The Founding Fathers and Our Christian Heritage

Every year around this time the godless, anti-Christian, anti-religious, “spaghetti monster” fans wear out the keyboards of their iMacs as they hammer any and every posted news article having anything to do with the Christian stones in our nation’s foundation.

Just this week a story about another school taking down a student-donated 92-year-0ld plaque hit the news. The comment sections of various sources that published the story were overflowing with arrogant atheists preaching the virtues of “separation of church and state.” Obviously, their hatred of Christianity (not so much the desire for pluralism) was fueling their snarky vitriol.

As if the trolls got together beforehand and decided what would be the most effective “shut up the enemy” type of argument, one of the most common mic-drop-type attempts to end any defense of the Ten Commandment plaque went like this:

“If you are OK with posting the Ten Commandments, then would you be OK with posting the 5 pillars of Islam or the 7 points of Satanism? If one religion is honored, then all should be!”

Ummm…. no.

You see, the whole reason for posting the Ten Commandments is not to “promote” a particular faith (btw, it’s not just Christianity that claims the TC’s; they came to the Jews, first!), but to recognize the foundational source from which our nation derived its inspiration. Fact is, Islam had NOTHING to do with the founding of our country, especially not Satanism; therefore there is no historical context to warrant the erecting of plaques them or any other religion or religious texts – the Bible and Christianity alone were supremely instrumental to the Founders and the documents they created to form this country.

At the VERY LEAST, the majority of  our founding fathers, even though they did not want to establish a national church or officially promote one religious sect over another, were very religious, and they admitted the country they envisioned would fail if the people inhabiting it were not.

How can I make such a bold statement? Where’s my proof?

I’m glad you asked.

The rest of this article will consist of quotes from our Founding Fathers. Their words should speak for themselves.

In Their Own Words

John Adams (Signer of the Declaration of Independence and 2nd President of the United States)

“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.” – to Zabdiel Adams on June 21, 1776

[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – 1798

Charles Carroll of Carrollton (Signer of the Declaration of Independence)

“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime & pure, [and] which denounces against the wicked eternal misery, and [which] insured to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.” – from a letter to James McHenry, November 4, 1800)

Benjamin Rush (Signer of the Declaration of Independence)

“The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.” – 1806

“We profess to be republicans, and yest we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuation our republican forms of government, that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by the means of the Bible. For this Divine Book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and those sober and frugal virtues, which constitute the soul of republicanism.” – 1806

Benjamin Franklin

(When the Constitutional Convention was deadlocked) “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men, and if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise with His aid?” – June 28, 1787

George Washington (First President)

The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this time that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more wicked that has not gratitude to acknowledge his obligations…” – from a letter to Brigadier General Thomas Nelson, August 20, 1778

“And now, Almighty Father, if it is Thy holy will that we shall obtain a place and name among the nations of the Earth, grant that we may be enabled to show our gratitude for Thy goodness by our endeavors to fear and obey Thee.” – private prayer, 1779

Samuel Adams (“Father of the American Revolution”)

“The rights of the colonists as Christians…may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institution of The Great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.” – from Rights of the Colonists, 1772)

John Hancock (first to sign the Declaration of Independence)

“In circumstances dark as these, it becomes us, as men and Christians, to reflect that, whilst every prudent measure should be taken to ward off the impending judgments . . . all confidence must be withheld from the means we use; and reposed only on that God who rules in the Armies of Heaven, and without whose blessing the best human counsels are but foolishness – and all created power vanity,” – April 15, 1775, as Hancock signed a proclamation for a day of fasting and prayer

John Quincy Adams (6th President)

“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government and principles of Christianity.” – attributed to Adams; cited from Pamphlet on American Revolution, 1860, John Wingate Thorton

Roger Sherman (Signer of all four of the major founding documents)

(In a speech to Congress) “Admiring and thankfully acknowledging the riches of redeeming love, and earnestly imploring that divine assistance which may enable us to live no more to ourselves, but to him who loves us and gave himself to die for us.”

Literally, I could go on and on and on… but I have 4th of July (Independence Day) celebrations to attend – and even a couple of weddings to perform! Tonight, I’m going with my family to a baseball game, after which will be fireworks! How American is that?!!

God bless America! And, may we be bold enough and informed enough to fight for the right to publicly acknowledge His blessings, despite what the Freedom from Religion Foundation and all the religion-hating trolls want to accomplish.

Oh, but wait… There’s just one more quote from John Adams that I need to squeeze in… because it has a direct bearing on the historical context of posting the Ten Commandments…

“The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not sacred as the laws of God, and there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If ‘Thou shalt not covet,’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal,’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society, before it can be civilized or made free.” – Source: The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, 1851, Vol. VI, p. 9

Now THAT’S a “mic drop” quote if I ever heard one!

Happy Independence Day!


Filed under America, Christianity, Culture Wars, politics

7 responses to “In Their Own Words… The Founding Fathers and Our Christian Heritage

  1. Reblogged this on a simple man of God and commented:

    I share, not so much for Anthony’s thoughts, as for the thoughts that were shared over 200 years ago.
    We may not be a Christian nation, but those principles were used at the formation of our nation.

  2. hawk2017

    Good one and to you also.:)

  3. Show me one place, in any of the founding documents where any of these men’s ideas became part of the laws or values that established this nation. Yes, they used the word god here and there but they allowed, in the law, that “no religion” was just as valid as any. If you can’t do that, then this just becomes another pathetic argument by another anti-american group that can’t stand the freedoms provided by our constitution.

    • Roy, is it? Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it.

      The first thing I would like to address is the last sentence of your comment. Whether or not I can provide any evidence for the question you originally ask, why would you assume I am “anti-american” or that I “can’t stand the freedoms provided by our constitution”? To begin with, I am not anti-American; I love my country. Beyond that, I truly cherish the freedoms guaranteed by the constitution – and notice, I said “guaranteed,” not “provided.” The Constitution does not “provide” freedoms; it guarantees and protects what was “endowed by our Creator.”

      Now, as to your challenge to show “one place” in any of the “founding documents” where “any of these men’s ideas became part of the laws or values that established this nation,” I feel you’ve set yourself up for failure. In other words, you’ve cast too wide of a net to prove ME wrong. What exactly do you mean by “founding documents”? What do you mean by “values that established this nation”? Because, as I see it, the Declaration of Independence is a “founding document,” and the freedom to worship freely according to one’s conscience is a bedrock “value” of our government and laws (the First Amendment), and THAT is a Christian value.

      To be sure, none of our founding fathers wanted to establish a monarchy, or especially a theocracy. Neither did they desire a theocratic democracy or republic; what they wanted is what they constructed: a constitutional democratic republic based on a Judeo-Christian worldview. It would be silly to suggest that a group of pious men, many of which were ministers, would write laws absent of any influence from their religious beliefs. In actuality, it was precisely because of their religious beliefs (Christianity), especially the influence from Baptists who wanted nothing by way of interference from government, that led them to create a system of government that would acknowledge the nature of man, his inherent value, and the rights provided to him by God through natural law.

      I can’t afford to take much more time on this, so instead of copy and pasting any quotes from others who’ve actually done more research, I’ll simply include a couple of links that will further support my assertions and more specifically answer your question.

      Thanks again, Edgyroy, for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day.

      • I apologize for going too far with my criticism. I don’t mean to try to excuse my behavior, because, in my view, there is no excuse for it, but I had read similar views that advocated for a nation where Christianity was important as a controlling force of the government, as opposed to just suggesting that the founding values were Christian, as you were trying to do. I had seen so many of these that day, and as usual for me, I allowed them their opinion and moved on without comment, though my concern for America rose a little each time. I had reached the limit of my considerable tolerance by the time I got your article and was “triggered”, as they say nowadays, by the reference to Christians, assuming that it was a lead-in to the usual we all need to be Christians argument, and only Christ can save America. My perspective is that a return to the principle that founded the nation was the one where the people put the nation above their own personal values and I screwed up by allowing my emotions to destroy my rational discourse ability. I hope you will accept my apology as I have been considerably and appropriately humbled by my conduct, as I should be, and I did appreciate your post very much, once I calmed down. Thank you for not dismissing me completely (I deserved that though), but instead chose to be the better man and replied to my misconduct as though it was worthy of response. (which has made me feel even more foolish than I had already (again,well deserved). I intend to return to your site to read other posts you have made so I can educate myself better. Thank you again and have a great day.

      • Dang, bro! I’ve never received an apology like THAT before! I am probably more humbled than you, for only a real man (or woman) would admit a mistake in such grand fashion. Sorry you were having a bad day. Too much social media can do that to us sometimes.

      • Thank you for understanding! So few do that these days.

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