This week I listened to parts of two episodes of the the Liberal outpost. The first episode was devoted to deism.
Many of the Founding Fathers, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, were not Christians, but rather “Deists.” What is Deism? My guests are from the World Union of Deism… KGMI Hear it Now
Much of the show spent time talking about Thomas Paine in addition to claims regarding religion and other founding fathers. And the second episode was “get naked Friday” where a very articulate caller, who I believe was named Kathy, spent a good portion of the show taking Joe to task on his views expressed in the deism episode as well as Joe’s views on religion and morality. Both episodes are definitely worth your time to listen, but obviously I wouldn’t use them as a a single source for knowing the religious beliefs of out founding fathers. I probably have recommend before, that these books be in everyones libraries, but I’ll do it again. Original Intent by David Barton and What if America Were a Christian Nation Again? by D. James Kennedy.
The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were….the general principles of Christianity….I will avow that I believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are so unalterable as human nature. Samuel Adams
Both these books are filled with the authors views, but also with plenty of references so you don’t have to believe what they say about our nation on their words alone; you can go read the original works and make your own decision.
As for my beliefs; I believe that our nation is a nation founded on Christian principles. We are not a theocracy, but we won’t exist as a nation where you are free to practice religion as you please unless Christianity is the driving force of citizens in our nation. Christ does not demand that we submit, only that we chose.