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The Christian Setting of the Declaration of Independence

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For almost a century, America’s Christian origin and the character of her Founding Fathers have been underneath assault from irreligious and Marxist nemeses. Pointing to half a dozen Founding Fathers (out of almost 250), America’s Marxist and irreligious adversaries allege outstanding Founding Fathers sought to determine a purely irreligious or secular state. But the truth is, Congress aggressively sought to ban irreligion (Journals of the Continental Congress, 16:252-253). There’s absolutely no evidence to recommend the Founding Fathers attempted to determine the first of America’s organic legal guidelines (the Declaration of Independence) upon an irreligious basis. The proof towards the notion of an irreligious foundation of America is irrefutable.Christian Setting of the Declaration of Independence

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Charters and Constitutions

Christian Setting of the Declaration of Independence

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King James I

No colonies or subsequent states have been irreligious. Previous to and following July 4, 1776, all English patents, charters, and subsequent state constitutions bore allegiance to the Christian faith. The first constitution granted by King James I was issued on April 10, 1606 to the Virginia Company—largely—for the objective of “propagating the Christian religion.” Upon breaking with England, American “states” have been pressured to assemble new constitutions or, like Connecticut, proceed underneath a governing document from the colonial period—which in the case of Connecticut was shaped by Rev. Thomas Hooker. On September 28, 1776, Benjamin Franklin—as president of Pennsylvania’s constitutional conference—signed that state’s first structure which legislated a Christian check for members of Pennsylvania’s assembly: “And each member, before he takes his seat, shall make and subscribe the following declaration, … [namely]: ‘I do believe in one God, the Creator and Governor of the Universe, the Rewarder of the good and the Punisher of the wicked. And I do acknowledge the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine Inspiration.’”—and Pennsylvania was just one of two colonies that never had a state church!

Congress

Congress was not irreligious. From June 1775, to August 1784, the Continental and Confederation Congresses issued sixteen religious proclamations calling upon the states to invite citizens to days of fasting, prayer, and thanksgiving. George Washington ensured the religious proclamations of Congress have been noticed by his troops. Most People will probably be startled to comprehend Thomas Jefferson acted in cooperation with Patrick Henry and others to introduce such religious proclamations in his residence state of Virginia on June 1, 1774. Any Sunday faculty class will probably be deeply benefited by a research of these sixteen Congressional proclamations which have been heavily ladened with Christian theology.

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Christian Ministers

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Puritan Minister

The most influential ideas weren’t irreligious. King George III referred to the American Revolution as a “black-robe” revolt as a result of of the black clerical apparel worn by many pastors. Nothing might be extra descriptive of the affect the Christian clergy wielded over the rise and progress of the American Revolution. In his ebook, Seedtime of the Republic, distinguished scholar, Clinton Rossiter, recognized six main voices of the Revolution, four of which have been Christian ministers. And, after learning hundreds of unique sources from the founding era, political science Professor, Donald Lutz (in The Origins of American Constitutionalism), demonstrated that the Bible was the single biggest source for the ideas and beliefs that gave rise to the American Republic. Actually, the concepts of the Declaration of Independence have been first advocated by outstanding ministers akin to Thomas Hooker and John Sensible.

Thomas Jefferson

Christian Setting of the Declaration of Independence

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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was not irreligious—and was definitely not a Deist! In a quick article titled, “Notes on Religion,” written in October 1776, Jefferson summarized his views on the Christian faith. What was his view regarding the origin of the Bible? As he states, he believed “the [human]writers were inspired” by God, and because of this, the Bible possessed authority regarding “the fundamentals of Xty[Christianity].” Because the following excerpt was written only three or four months after Jefferson had acted as the chief penman of the Declaration of Independence, the first of America’s 4 most essential legal documents was written by a Christian layman in help of orthodox Christian educating. Which means as the writer of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson held a excessive view of Scripture—greater than what is usually presently held by many liberal and “evangelical” pastors all through America and lots of elements of the world. It’s also value noting that he believed Jesus Christ was “our Savior” and the educating of the Apostles’ Creed contained “all things necessary to salvation.” Mr. Jefferson also planted a “Reformed” church close to his house in Virginia. It is true that following his spouse’s dying (1782), he was ultimately influenced by what got here to be generally known as Unitarianism, but as main writer of the Declaration of Independence, there’s every evidence he was an orthodox Christian.

The Declaration of Independence

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Declaration of Independence and Quill

The Declaration of Independence was not irreligious. In the first two paragraphs of the Declaration, Mr. Jefferson, asserted that both the rights of nations and individuals have been derived from a spiritual basis. The proper “of the thirteen united States of America” to exist “among the powers of the earth” was dependent upon “the Laws of Nature and…Nature’s God” who established these laws. Additional, Mr. Jefferson also posited particular person human rights upon a spiritual source: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” That any decide ought to be permitted to disclaim students the proper to review the Founding Fathers’ understanding of the source of human government by way of the “Creator” must be an impeachable offense.

First Signers

Most People are unaware that the first two people to signal the Declaration of Independence after Congress had accredited it have been the son and grandson of Christian ministers and a Bible scholar.

The third president of Congress was Peyton Randolph, who had served as the First President of Congress the earlier yr. As in the case of the First Continental Congress, Mr. Randolph was referred to as away from this office by extenuating personal circumstances, having only served from Might 10 to Might 23, 1775. By unanimous consent of Congress, John Hancock was chosen to succeed Randolph to the presidency, serving his first term in that workplace from Might 24 to October 31, 1777. Like Randolph, Hancock additionally served a second time period as President of Congress from November 23, 1785 to June 5, 1786.

People have remembered John Hancock as the first signer of the Declaration of Independence—a proper duly reserved for him as President of Congress. Nevertheless, secular attempts to take away the consciousness of America’s Christian origin have efficiently eliminated a little-known reality about this rich patriot. John Hancock was the son and grandson of Christian ministers. Given this little-known biographical reality, it’s solely applicable that the son and grandson of Christian ministers must be the first to signal a congressional request to all the Colonies represented in Congress calling for a day of fasting and prayer. Lower than three weeks after assuming the presidency of Congress, John Hancock was the first to signal such a proclamation.

The second and last individual to sign the Declaration of Independence on July four, 1776 was the secretary of Congress, Charles Thomson. To additional refute the notion that America’s Founding Fathers have been secular or irreligious, some perception into the relationship that Thomas Jefferson sustained to Charles Thomson will show instructive.

In a letter to Thomson, Jefferson asked to assist him in the publication of one of the first Bibles to be printed in America—still commonly generally known as the “Thomson Bible.” It was a four-volume Bible titled, The Holy Bible, Containing the Previous and New Covenant, Generally Referred to as the Previous and New Testomony: Translated from the Greek. Thomson had held the workplace of Secretary of the Congress from the inception of the Continental Congress to the formation of the new government underneath the Structure—that’s, from 1774 to 1789. Along with his political contributions to America’s independence and his “Thompson Bible,” he also penned an necessary theological works reminiscent of, A Common History of the Conception, Delivery, Doctrine, Miracles, Dying, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ. In his January 11, 1808 letter, Jefferson requested to contribute financially to the publication of Thomson’s Bible:

My pricey and antient [old] Good friend,—I see by the newspapers your translation of the Septuagint is now to be printed, and I write this to wish to be admitted as a subscriber….I’ve learnt occasionally with nice satisfaction that you simply retain your health, spirits and activity of mind and body…. God bless you and offer you years and well being to your personal wishes. Keep in mind me respectfully to Mrs. Thomson and settle for yourself my affectionate salutation.

Conclusion

The hole between the republican type of authorities of America’s Founding Fathers and irreligious Marxist socialism can’t be bridged. The Founding Fathers believed that the rights of governments and people have been God given and have been irrevocable. Socialists, on the other hand consider, rights are finally granted by the government and may be revoked at the whim of government. Despite the proven fact that America has not all the time lived up to the standards of its Christian origin, its report as the world’s oldest republic speaks volumes over the here-today, gone-tomorrow governments of irreligious socialism.

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Christian Setting of the Declaration of Independence

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Stephen Flick heads Christian Heritage Fellowship, a national group dedicated to reclaiming America’s Christian Heritage and celebrating the life-changing affect of the Gospel around the world.
Concerned with the cultural decay of America, Dr. Flick has sought to offer solutions to fellow Christians (and unbelievers) regarding the questions and objections to Christianity typically posed by secularists and the irreligious.
Dr. Flick is a writer and speaker and has authored quite a few articles and books on America’s Christian heritage. He earned his Ph.D. from Drew University 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.