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August 8th, 2015 at 9:40 pm

USA Christian Nation? Part 3

Is the United States a Christian Nation, or was it ever? In a general sense, “Yes” is the simple answer. But to understand the why and how of that answer, we must dig deeper.

Although the Puritans (“the saints”) were slightly outnumbered by “the strangers” on the Mayflower, they came ashore in New England hoping to establish a society with freedom to worship God free of persecution.

As other colonies were established, many came looking for riches rather than the freedom to worship. Somewhat different versions of Christianity in each of the colonies resulted in persecution of some from other colonies.

However, the need to unite, along with the decisions of the colonies to stop financial support of their own church bodies, allowed general acceptance of variances in Christian doctrine and true freedom of worship.

The time between the first settlements until the final uniting of the Thirteen Colonies was about fifty years. About one-hundred years later, King George of Great Britain sparked the beginning of the Revolutionary War with the colonies by outrageous hiking of taxes on trade with the colonists.

Two questions demand answers:

1. Who were these men who dared to risk lives and fortunes on a war to win independence from Great Britain?

2. Were the writing of the Declaration of Independence and of the Constitution the result of Christian convictions?

The Declaration of Independence not only declared our separation from the tyranny of Great Britain; it also explained why independence was necessary for the present and future welfare of the Colonies.

Who Are the Founding Fathers?

The three men most involved in writing the Declaration of Independence:

  • John Adams (served on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence, and second president of the USA);
  • Benjamin Franklin (served on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence);
  • Thomas Jefferson (the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third president of the USA).

Others who were also involved in writing the Constitution of the United States of America, along with the three named above, included:

  • Alexander Hamilton (the primary author of The Federalist Papers which encouraged adoption of the Constitution);
  • James Madison (called the “Father of the Constitution”, and fourth president of the USA);
  • Gouverneur Morris (known as the “Penman of the Constitution”, he authored large portions of the Constitution.
  • George Washington (President of the Constitutional Convention and the first president of the USA);
  • James Wilson (served on the Committee of Detail that drafted the Constitution).

Note: The above name list of the Founders adopted from an article by Dr. Doug Frazer, Was The United States Really Founded as a Christian Nation?,  published in the July-September 2015 issue of Answers Magazine, pages 80-85.

Published by Answers In Genesis, P.O. Box, 510 Hebron, KY 41048, or go to www.AnswersMagazine.com to view their website.

To Be Continued . . .

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