Was Religion A Key Factor Or Not?

How anybody can come to the conclusion, as many “scholars” apparently have, that this nation was not founded on a Christian value system [not to be confused with “not founded as a Christian nation”] is a mystery.  Statements of our Founding Fathers clearly indicate that all of them were Theists, and many were Christian [see descriptions of the Theist Worldview and the Naturalist Worldview on the Why I’m Doing What I Do page of this site], and that in all they did to form this country they were driven by a Theistic Value System at least, probably a predominantly Christian one.  Here are a few examples:

“We 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.” President John Adams

“No human society has ever been able to maintain both order and freedom, both cohesiveness and liberty apart from the moral precepts of the Christian religion…. Should our Republic ever forget this fundamental precept of governance…this great experiment will then surely be doomed.” [First U. S.] Chief Justice John Jay

“Fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do, by this my proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer. And I do hereby request all the People to abstain, on that day, from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.  All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.” President Abraham Lincoln, 3/30/1863

Fast-forwarding to more recent and current times, there are still vestiges of these underpinnings both within our own government and among outside observers:

If we look back through history to all those great civilizations, those great nations that rose up to even world dominance and then deteriorated, declined, and fell, we find they all had one thing in common. One of the significant forerunners of their fall was their turning away from their God. … Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” President Ronald Reagan

“God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools … and he has not been disappointed.  If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

“Christianity is the most persecuted religion worldwide.”  In other comments at a meeting of the German Protestant Church on 11/4/12, she emphasized that Germany needs to protect Christian minorities as part of its foreign policy.  Merkel, the daughter of a pastor, also spoke out against strict separation of church and state and said Europe was built on Christian foundationsGerman Prime Chancellor Angela Merkel, 2012 {Included here because of the statement emphasized by me — i.e., our religious, even Christian, underpinnings stem from even earlier roots than the founding of our country: to Europeon ancestral countries that were dominant in the early years of America’s foundation}



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