Thursday, July 4, 2013

Little Know Facts This 4th of July

This 4th of July, many will quote the Declaration of Independence and remember the war for Independence from the British.  It's a time to celebrate the values inscribed in the Declaration of Independence: the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (or virtue).  Many often cite "taxation within representation" as the primary reason for our war with Great Britian.  But this reason is far down on the list of grievances!

Something much deeper than taxes shaped the thinking of the Founding Fathers.  Biblical principles of civil government were being violated, and the Founders could take no more!  
Many modern Americans (even modern Christians) know little of how central the Bible was to the founding of this great nation.  Consider the following: 

1) The Bible is the most quoted source of the Founding Fathers:

A group of political scientists embarked on a ten-year study to analyze more than 15,000 political writings from the Founding Era (1760-1805) in order to find the sources for the ideas of the Founders. The researchers isolated some 3,154 quotations and then documented the original sources of those quotations. 94% of the founding fathers’ quotes were based upon the Bible: 34% directly from its pages & 60% from men who had used the Bible to arrive at their conclusions." 1

Official government documents confirm these findings. The House Judiciary Committee report (1854) stated, “…In this age there can be no substitute for Christianity; that, in its general principles, is the great conservative element on which we must rely for the purity and permanence of free institutions. That was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendents.”

2) Nearly half of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence had seminary degrees.

“David Barton points out that of the fifty-six men, definitely twenty-four, possibly twenty-seven, had seminary degrees.  This was not an assembly of atheists, agnostics, and Deists, as we’re so often told today.” 2

“Even the few unbelievers who signed the Declaration had a Christian world-and-life view, including Benjamin Franklin.”3

 Think this is just a Christian's interpretation of history? Consider the words found in Newsweek magazine:

"Historians are now coming to realize that the Bible, even more than the Constitution, founded this nation of America."4


Notes:

1 - Original Intent by David Barton, pp. 225-26 

2 - What If America Were a Christian Nation Again, by D. James Kennedy (Author), Jerry NEwcombe (Contributor), p. 31.  


3 - Ibid., p. 33

4 -  Kenneth L. Woodward with David Gates, "How the Bible Made America: Since the Puritans and the Pioneers, Through Wars and Social Conflicts, a Sense of Biblical Mission Has United Us, Divided Us and Shaped Our National Destiny," Newsweek, 27 December 1982, 44. (Footnote cited in the book, What If America Were a Christian Nation Again.)

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