Author: David Barton
Was America ever a so-called "Christian" nation? Were any of our Framers Christians? While this question has been asked frequently in recent years previous generations knew the answer to these questions. They knew for example:
Why did our Framers and early statesman choose Christianity? Perhaps the best answer was provided by Dewitt Clinton the Framer who introduced the Twelfth Amendment. He explained: Christianity may be contemplated in two important aspects: first in reference to its influence on this world and secondly in its reference to our destiny in the world to come."
"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were....the general principles of Christianity." John Adams
"The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His apostles....and to this we owe our free constitutions of government." Noah Webster
"The Christian religion....must ever be regarded among us as the foundation of civil society." Daniel Webster
"Christianity....was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants." House Judiciary Committee 1854
Today the debate over Christianity in public life has been limited primarily to discussions about "our destiny in the world to come" it is time that we rediscover the impact of Christianity's influence on this world." Learn what our Framers believed to be the practical benefits of Christianity upon civil society and why these benefits are still needed today.
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