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Opposite to the claims of “free-thinkers,” atheists, agnostics and other irreligionists, America was not based by deists, but overwhelmingly by women and men of the Christian religion and people who recognized the necessity of Christian morality in public life. Throughout the twentieth century, a gentle onslaught towards this fact has been mounted by those Deconstructionists who’ve sought to rewrite the history of America in a fashion that’s suitable with their own irreligious beliefs and value techniques. These irreligious writers are incapable of quoting the Founding Fathers at length or providing the bigger context from which they extract quotations because the bigger context of their writings demonstrates that the Founding Fathers espoused and advocated the truths of the Christian Religion. These Deconstructionists, or unbelievers, must rigorously pull out partial quotes of the Founding Fathers to defend their positions. The bigger context of those quotes do not help their positions. To the following quotes, many, many more could possibly be added, being utterly supported by the context of the passage from which they’re taken. The few quotes offered under is by no means an try and exhaust the convictions of America’s almost two-hundred-fifty Founding Fathers concerning Christianity, but is a representative exhibition of some of the most outstanding Fathers. Neither do the temporary quotes exhaust all that these people stated or wrote concerning their understanding of the Christian faith and its relationship to private and non-private life. After every consultant Founding Father’s identify, a quick description of that particular person shall be offered, followed by select quotes. It is applicable that this temporary summary begin with the Father of our nation.

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Christian Quotes from the Founding Fathers.

George Washington

. . . Decide; Member of the Continental Congress; Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Military; President of the Constitutional Conference; First President of the United States; “Father of His Country”:

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George Washington

You do properly to wish to study our arts and methods of life, and above all, the faith of Jesus Christ. These will make you a higher and happier individuals than you’re.

While we are zealously performing the duties of excellent citizens and soldiers, we definitely ought to not be inattentive to the larger duties of faith. to the distinguished character of Patriot, it ought to be our highest glory to add the extra distinguished character of Christian.

The blessing and protection of Heaven are always vital however especially so in occasions of public distress and hazard. The Common hopes and trusts that each officer and man will endeavor to reside and act as turns into a Christian soldier, defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country.

I now make it my earnest prayer that God would… most graciously be happy to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of the thoughts which have been the traits of the Divine Writer of our blessed faith.

Samuel Adams

. . . signer of the Declaration of Independence; “Father of the American Revolution”; Ratifier of the U. S. Structure; Governor of Massachusetts:

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Samuel Adams

I . . . [rely] upon the deserves of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins.

The identify of the Lord (says the Scripture) is a robust tower; thither the righteous flee and are protected [Proverbs 18:10]. Let us safe His favor and He will lead us via the journey of this life and at size receive us to a greater.

I conceive we can’t higher categorical ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world . . . that the confusions which are and have been among the nations may be overruled by the promoting and speedily bringing in the holy and completely satisfied interval when the kingdoms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ could also be in all places established, and the individuals willingly bow to the scepter of Him who’s the Prince of Peace.

John Adams

. . . signer of the Declaration of Independence; Decide; Diplomat; Considered one of Two Signers of the Invoice of Rights; Second President of the United States:

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John Adams

The overall rules on which the fathers achieved independence have been the basic rules of Christianity. I’ll avow that I then believed, and now consider, that these basic rules of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.

Without faith, this world can be one thing not fit to be talked about in well mannered company: I mean hell.

The Christian faith is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in historic or trendy occasions, the faith of knowledge, virtue, fairness and humanity.

Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their solely regulation guide and each member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. . . . What a Eutopia – what a Paradise would this area be!

I’ve examined all religions, and the result’s that the Bible is the greatest e-book in the world.

John Quincy Adams

. . . sixth President of the United States; Diplomat; Secretary of State; U. S. Senator; U. S. Representative; “Old Man Eloquent”; “Hell-Hound of Abolition”:

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John Quincy Adams

My hopes of a future life are all based upon the Gospel of Christ and I can’t cavil or quibble away [evade or object to]. . . . the entire tenor of His conduct by which He typically positively asserted and at others countenances [permits] His disciples in asserting that He was God.

The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the Divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the basis of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they seem like at the current time. And should the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper until the Lord shall have made “bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God” [Isaiah 52:10].

Thomas Jefferson

. . . signer of the Declaration of Independence; Diplomat; Governor of Virginia; Secretary of State; Third President of the United States

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Thomas Jefferson

The doctrines of Jesus are simple, and have a tendency all to the happiness of man.

The follow of morality being vital for the properly being of society, He [God] has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain. All of us agree in the obligation of the ethical rules of Jesus and nowhere will they be found delivered in higher purity than in His discourses.

I’m a Christian in the solely sense through which He wished anybody to be: sincerely hooked up to His doctrines rather than all others.

I’m a real Christian – that’s to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Benjamin Rush

. . . signer of the Declaration of Independence; Surgeon Basic of the Continental Army; Ratifier of the U. S. Constitution; “Father of American Medicine”; Treasurer of the U. S. Mint; “Father of Public Schools Under The Constitution”

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Dr. Benjamin Rush

The Gospel of Jesus Christ prescribes the wisest guidelines for just conduct in every state of affairs of life. Completely happy they who are enabled to obey them in all conditions! . . . My only hope of salvation is in the infinite transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the demise of His Son upon the Cross. Nothing but His blood will wash away my sins [Acts 22:16]. I rely solely upon it. Come, Lord Jesus! Come shortly! [Revelation 22:20]

I do not consider that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as glad that it’s as a lot the work of a Divine Windfall as any of the miracles recorded in the Previous and New Testament.

By renouncing the Bible, philosophers swing from their moorings upon all moral topics… It’s the solely right map of the human coronary heart that ever has been revealed.

[T]he biggest discoveries in science have been made by Christian philosophers and . . . there’s the most information in those nations the place there’s the most Christianity.
[T]he solely means of building and perpetuating our republican types of government is the common schooling of our youth in the rules of Christianity via the Bible.

The good enemy of the salvation of man, for my part, by no means invented a simpler technique of limiting Christianity from the world than by persuading mankind that it was improper to learn the Bible at faculties.

[C]hristianity is the solely true and excellent religion; and… in proportion as mankind adopt its rules and obey its precepts, they are going to be sensible and comfortable.

The Bible incorporates more information necessary to man in his present state than some other e-book in the world.

The Bible, when not read in faculties, is seldom read in any subsequent interval of life… [T]he Bible… must be read in our faculties rather than all other books because it incorporates the biggest portion of that type of information which is calculated to supply personal and public happiness.

Roger Sherman

. . . signer of the Declaration; signer of the Constitution; “Master Builder of the Constitution”; Decide; framer of the Invoice of Rights; U. S. Senator

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Roger Sherman

I consider that there’s one solely dwelling and true God, present in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the similar in substance, equal in energy and glory. That the Scriptures of the Previous and New Testaments are a revelation from God, and an entire rule to direct us how we might glorify and luxuriate in Him. . . . That He made man at first completely holy; that the first man sinned, and as he was the public head of his posterity, all of them turned sinners in consequence of his first transgression, are wholly indisposed to that which is sweet and inclined to evil, and on account of sin are liable to all the miseries of this life, to dying, and to the pains of hell endlessly. I consider that God . . . did send His personal Son to grow to be man, die in the room and stead of sinners, and thus to lay a foundation for the supply of pardon and salvation to all mankind, in order all could also be saved who are prepared to simply accept the Gospel supply. . . . I consider a visible church to be a congregation of those who make a credible career of their religion in Christ, and obedience to Him, joined by the bond of the covenant. . . . I consider that the sacraments of the New Testomony are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. . . . I consider that the souls of believers are at their dying made perfectly holy, and immediately taken to glory: that at the finish of this world there can be a resurrection of the lifeless, and a last judgment of all mankind, when the righteous shall be publicly acquitted by Christ the Decide and admitted to everlasting life and glory, and the depraved be sentenced to everlasting punishment.

Richard Stockton

. . . decide; signer of the Declaration of Independence

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Richard Stockton

[A]s my youngsters could have frequent event of perusing this instrument, and should in all probability be notably impressed with the last words of their father, I feel it proper here not solely to subscribe to the whole belief of the nice and main doctrines of the Christian faith, resembling the being of God; the common defection and depravity of human nature; the Divinity of the individual and the completeness of the redemption purchased by the blessed Savior; the necessity of the operations of the Divine Spirit; of Divine faith accompanied with an ordinary virtuous life; and the universality of the Divine Windfall: but in addition, in the bowels of a father’s affection, to exhort and charge [my children] that the worry of God is the starting of wisdom, that the lifestyle held up in the Christian system is calculated for the most full happiness that can be enjoyed on this mortal state, [and] that each one events of vice and immorality is injurious either immediately or consequentially – even on this life.

Joseph Story

. . . U. S. Congressman; “Father of American Jurisprudence”; U. S. Supreme Courtroom Justice Appointed By President James Madison

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Joseph Story

Considered one of the lovely boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is part of the Widespread Regulation. There by no means has been a interval through which the Widespread Regulation didn’t recognize Christianity as mendacity at its foundations.

I verily consider that Christianity is important to help a civil society and shall ever attend to its institutions and acknowledge its precepts as the pure and pure sources of private and social happiness.

Charles Thomson

. . . Secretary of the Continental Congress; Designer of the Nice Seal of the United States; Along With John Hancock, Thomson Was One in every of Solely Two Founders to Signal The Initial Draft of the Declaration of Independence Accepted By Congress:

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Charles Thomson

I’m a Christian. I consider only in the Scriptures, and in Jesus Christ my Savior.

Noah Webster

. . . Revolutionary Soldier; Decide; Legislator; Educator; “Schoolmaster to America”:

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Noah Webster

[T]he faith which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His apostles… That is real Christianity and to this we owe our free constitutions of government.

The ethical rules and precepts found in the Scriptures should type the basis of all our civil constitutions and legal guidelines.

All the… evils which males endure from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and warfare, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.

[O]ur citizens ought to early perceive that the genuine supply of right republican rules is the Bible, notably the New Testomony, or the Christian religion.
[T]he Christian faith is the most essential and considered one of the first things during which all youngsters beneath a free government should be instructed. No fact is more evident than that the Christian faith have to be the foundation of any government meant to secure the rights and privileges of a free individuals.

The Bible is the chief ethical reason for all that is good and the greatest corrector of all that is evil in human society – the greatest e-book for regulating the temporal considerations of males.

[T]he Christian religion… is the basis, or quite the supply, of all genuine freedom in government… I’m persuaded that no civil authorities of a republican type can exist and be durable through which the rules of Christianity have not a controlling influence.

Daniel Webster

. . . U. S. Senator; Secretary of State; “Defender of the Constitution”:

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Daniel Webster

[T]he Christian religion – its common rules – must ever be regarded amongst us as the basis of civil society.

No matter makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.

[T]o the free and universal reading of the Bible… males [are] a lot indebted for right views of civil liberty.

The Bible is a ebook… which teaches man his own particular person duty, his personal dignity, and his equality together with his fellow man.

John Witherspoon

. . . signer of the Declaration of Independence; Ratifier of the U. S. Structure; President of Princeton:

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John Witherspoon

[C]hrist Jesus – the promise of previous made unto the fathers, the hope of Israel [Acts 28:20], the mild of the world [John 8:12], and the end of the regulation for righteousness to each one which believeth [Romans 10:4] – is the only Savior of sinners, in opposition to all false religions and every uninstituted rite; as He Himself says (John 14:6): “I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.”

[T]here is not any salvation in some other than in Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

I shall now conclude my discourse by preaching this Savior to all who hear me, and entreating you in the most earnest method to consider in Jesus Christ; for “there is no salvation in any other” [Acts 4:12].

It is extremely evident that each the prophets in the Previous Testament and the apostles in the New are at great pains to provide us a view of the glory and dignity of the individual of Christ. With what magnificent titles is He adorned! What superb attributes are ascribed to him!… All these conspire to show us that He’s really and correctly God – God over all, blessed eternally!

[H]e is the greatest pal to American liberty who’s the most honest and lively in selling true and undefiled faith, and who sets himself with the biggest firmness to bear down profanity and immorality of every type. Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple not to name him an enemy to his nation.

Elias Boudinot

. . . President of Congress; Signed The Peace Treaty to Finish The American Revolution; First Lawyer Admitted to The U. S. Supreme Courtroom Bar; framer of the Bill of Rights; Director of the U. S. Mint:

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Elias Boudinot

Let us enter on this necessary business beneath the idea that we are Christians on whom the eyes of the world at the moment are turned… [L]et us earnestly name and beseech Him, for Christ’s sake, to preside in our councils. . . . We will only rely upon the all highly effective affect of the Spirit of God, Whose Divine assist and help it turns into us as a Christian individuals most devoutly to implore. Subsequently I transfer that some minister of the Gospel be requested to attend this Congress every morning . . . with a purpose to open the meeting with prayer.

For almost half a century have I anxiously and critically studied that invaluable treasure [the Bible]; and I nonetheless scarcely ever take it up that I don’t find something new – that I don’t obtain some useful addition to my stock of data or understand some instructive reality never observed earlier than. Briefly, have been you to ask me to advocate the most useful guide in the world, I ought to repair on the Bible as the most instructive each to the sensible and ignorant. Have been you to ask me for one affording the most rational and pleasing leisure to the inquiring thoughts, I should repeat, it is the Bible; and do you have to renew the inquiry for the greatest philosophy or the most fascinating history, I ought to still urge you to look into your Bible. I might make it, briefly, the Alpha and Omega of data.

Charles Carroll

. . . signer of the Declaration of Independence; selected as delegate to The Constitutional Conference; framer of the Invoice of Rights; U. S. Senator:

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Charles Carroll

On the mercy of my Redeemer I rely for salvation and on His deserves, not on the works I’ve carried out in obedience to His precepts.

Grateful to Almighty God for the blessings which, by way of Jesus Christ Our Lord, He had conferred on my beloved country in her emancipation and on myself in allowing me, underneath circumstances of mercy, to reside to the age of 89 years, and to survive the fiftieth yr of independence, adopted by Congress on the 4th of July 1776, which I originally subscribed on the second day of August of the similar yr and of which I’m now the final surviving signer.

I, Charles Carroll. . . . give and bequeath my soul to God who gave it, my physique to the earth, hoping that by means of and by the merits, sufferings, and mediation of my solely Savior and Jesus Christ, I could also be admitted into the Kingdom prepared by God for many who love, worry and really serve Him.

John Jay

. . . president of Congress; Diplomat; Writer of the Federalist Papers; Unique Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Courtroom; Governor of New York

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First Chief Justice, John Jay

By conveying the Bible to individuals . . . we definitely do them a most fascinating act of kindness. We thereby enable them to study that man was initially created and placed in a state of happiness, but, turning into disobedient, was subjected to the degradation and evils which he and his posterity have since experienced. The Bible may even inform them that our gracious Creator has offered for us a Redeemer in whom all the nations of the earth ought to be blessed – that this Redeemer has made atonement “for the sins of the whole world,” and thereby reconciling the Divine justice with the Divine mercy, has opened a means for our redemption and salvation; and that these inestimable benefits are of the free present and beauty of God, not of our deserving, nor in our energy to deserve. The Bible may even [encourage] them with many specific and consoling assurances of the Divine mercy to our fallen race, and with repeated invitations to simply accept the provides of pardon and reconciliation. . . . They, subsequently, who enlist in His service, have the highest encouragement to satisfy the duties assigned to their respective stations; for most certain it’s, that those of His followers who [participate in] His conquests will even participate in the transcendent glories and blessings of His Triumph.

I like to recommend a basic and public return of praise and thanksgiving to Him from whose goodness these blessings descend. Probably the most effectual means of securing the continuance of our civil and non secular liberties is all the time to recollect with reverence and gratitude the supply from which they movement.

The Bible is the best of all books, for it’s the word of God and teaches us the approach to be completely satisfied in this world and in the next. Proceed subsequently to learn it and to manage your life by its precepts.

[T]he evidence of the fact of Christianity requires solely to be rigorously examined to supply conviction in candid minds… they who undertake that process will derive advantages.

Providence has given to our individuals the selection of their rulers, and it is the obligation as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to pick and like Christians for his or her rulers.

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Stephen Flick heads Christian Heritage Fellowship, a national group devoted to reclaiming America’s Christian Heritage and celebrating the life-changing influence of the Gospel round the world.
Concerned with the cultural decay of America, Dr. Flick has sought to offer solutions to fellow Christians (and unbelievers) concerning the questions and objections to Christianity typically posed by secularists and the irreligious.
Dr. Flick is a writer and speaker and has authored numerous articles and books on America’s Christian heritage. He earned his Ph.D. from Drew College in history and Christian theology and has taught at the graduate degree as full professor. He has been a licensed minster for almost forty years and resides in East Tennessee together with his wife, Beth. They have two grown, married youngsters and 5 grandchildren.