Is the USA a Christian Nation?
Posted On April 19, 2011
Question by Nathan: Is the USA a Christian Nation?
This might be a bit long, but I wanted to bring this up again. I’ve seen this question asked many times. I’ve seen quotes allegedly from the Founding Fathers that seems to be fairly contradictory. Often times, the contradictory quotes will be from the same person.
“Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.”
“I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.”
But I also saw:
“Religion, as well as reason, confirms the soundness of those principles on which our government has been founded and its rights asserted.”
“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
Here’s one from John Quincy Adams that I’ve read:
“So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year.”
John Quincy Adams
He wasn’t a Founding Father, but he was the son of one. Is it unfair for me to assume they shared similar views, or is this quote fake?
Some also like to quote Abraham Lincoln:
“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.”
However, he wasn’t a founding father, so I’ll quickly dismiss it.
Are these fake, or can someone give me some insight to this please?
Many Christians like to point to the following quote in the Declaration of Independence:
“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.”
However, I’m also aware that several of the Founding Fathers were deists, not Christians. Since Jesus in particular is not mentioned, would this be evidence that America is NOT a Christian nation?
If this is the case, then who is this ‘Creator’ they are referring to? Is this referring to the theist’s ideology that a supreme being created the universe, and this creator can be determined by reason and examination of the natural world? Is this who ‘Creator’ referrs to?
Also, in the Pledge of Allegiance, there is ‘one nation under God’ and on our money is printed ‘In God We Trust’. Does this refer to the Christian god or again to the diest’s ideology of what God is?
There is also the Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11.
Then again, I’ve seen this:
“”It is therefore recomended to the Legislative or executive powers, of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the eighteenth day of December next, for Solemn Thanksgiving and Praise:…. and their humble and supplications that God, thro’ the merits of Jesus Christ, would mercifully forgive and blot them out of rememberence.”
The Thanksgiving Proclomation
So, would it be safe for me to assume that the Founding Fathers didn’t have similar ideologies, but several very different ones, and because of this it was impossible to found it on Christian beliefs?
Or is it that from day 1, the Founding Fathers had absolutely no intention of founding this nation on Christianity, with a unanimous agreement to that?
I would also appreciate it if any answerers could quote this bit by bit and give their opinion on it, along with facts to back it up.
Another thing, some of you may be saying ‘take a history course’, but I’ve gone to Christian school for all of my life until high school and I’m really starting to doubt the things they have in those textbooks. I’ve already seen several occasions where it was complete bull, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find it again.
So answers would be appreciated. 😉
Answer by Moustapha
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