Were the Founders Religious?

Were the Founders Religious?


What were the religious beliefs of the Founding
Fathers of the United States? There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding
this subject. But there shouldn’t be. Because of their prominence, I will discuss
George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin — our nation’s first
three Presidents, and the man referred to as “the First American” — all of whom,
even if some did not individually adhere to orthodox Christianity, were steeped in the
Judeo-Christian tradition. Here’s what we can say for certain about
their religious beliefs. 1) All of the Founders believed in a transcendent
God, that is, a Creator who exists outside of nature. 2) All the Founders believed in a God who
imposes moral obligations on human beings 3) All the Founders believed in a God who
punishes bad behavior and rewards good behavior in an afterlife. The notion that any of the Founders believed
in an impersonal deity who merely created the universe and then left it to itself is
false. All of them believed in a God who, as Franklin
said at the Constitutional Convention, “governs in the affairs of men.” Let’s start with George Washington. Washington’s writings, both public and private,
are full of references to the Bible. This is certainly true during his eight years
as the first President of the United States. Here is Washington at his first Inaugural:
“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the
eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.” In all likelihood, Washington was an orthodox
Christian. Like Washington, Benjamin Franklin also referenced
Bible verses, stories, and metaphors throughout his life. His calls for prayer at the Constitutional
Convention were typical of his attitude. Franklin, who had his own unorthodox views,
summed up his faith this way: “That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated
with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this.” While the religious views of Washington and
Franklin are clear, those of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are more complicated. Adams referred to himself as a Christian throughout
his life, but did not believe in traditional Christian doctrines such as the trinity or
the divinity of Jesus. Nonetheless, before, during and after his
tenure as President, Adams repeatedly asserted his admiration for the Christian faith: “those
general Principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the Existence and
Attributes of God,” he wrote. Likewise, Adams spoke of his great respect
for the Bible. “The Bible is the best book in the world. It contains more of my… philosophy than
all the libraries I have seen…” Those who suggest that Adams was against religion
like to quote from a letter he wrote to Thomas Jefferson in which he said, “This would
be the best of all possible worlds if there was no religion in it.” Unfortunately, those who cite this line never
quote the lines that immediately follow “But in this exclamation, I should have been as
fanatical as [the skeptics of religion]. Without religion, this world would be something
not fit to be mentioned in polite company — I mean hell.” So, those who quote the first line without
quoting the subsequent lines are either unaware of the full comment or are deliberately misleading
people as to Adams’s beliefs. Like Adams, Thomas Jefferson did not adhere
to orthodox doctrine. Yet he often declared himself to be a Christian. “I am a Christian,” he said, “in the only
sense he [Jesus] wished anyone to be: sincerely attached to his doctrines…” As one of the leaders of the American Revolution,
his views are well known. After all, this is the man who wrote in the
Declaration of Independence that “all men… are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” You can’t get a much more explicit statement
of belief than that. These four founders – Washington, Adams,
Jefferson and Franklin – were practical men with a sober view of human nature. They understood that man is morally weak and
that religion provides the best encouragement and incentive to be good. It does so, first and foremost, by teaching
that choices have consequences. Not necessarily in the here and now, but most
certainly in the hereafter – meted out by a just God. It should come as no surprise, then, that
Jefferson, in his second inaugural, asked for, “The favor of that Being in whose hands
we are, who led our forefathers, as Israel of old, from their native land.” So what were the religious beliefs of the
Founders? They were diverse. But all of them were rooted in the Judeo-Christian
values found in the Bible. I’m Joshua Charles, writer and researcher
at the Museum of the Bible, for Prager University.

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  1. So basically they were all Christians but had their own personal forms of being Christian? In all fairness isn't that the same as all of us?

  2. Of course Zionists like Prager want good Christians. They are idiots who are Islamaphobic, intolerant, war loving and will gladly love to see all Americans fight and defend Israel. Or am I off the mark???

  3. So, what is the significance of this??? I wonder though would they still be considered "religious" if they were Muslims, or would they now be labeled "terrorist" dictators??? Should Christians and Jews be PROUD that the founding fathers claimed allegiance to Judeo-Christian tradition even though they promoted colonialism and slavery and annihilation of native Americans??? Can greed, racism, brutality, terrorism, discrimination, murder and slavery that the founding fathers were clearly engaged in be considered Christian or Judaic values??? Just how do such criminal traits resemble the kind and peaceful manners by which Moses and Jesus and all other prophets of God conducted themselves???? Or are we supposed to be comforted by being assured that the "writings" of our founding fathers "documented" their allegiance to "religion", and who cares about their CONDUCT!!!! and hypocrisy???? This is so foolish!!!

  4. “The Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”
    ~1797 Treaty of Tripoli signed by Founding Father John Adams

  5. Q: What were the religious beliefs of the Founding Fathers of the United States?
    A: That the church should be separated from the state.

  6. Seems leftist atheist elite only accepts truth that is comfortable to them. Its so muslim, and so Bigotted…

    Then again, everyone is a biggot.

    #DeathToLeftistAtheists #DeathToLeftistReligious
    #DeathToSocialism

    #Peace #Be #Beetwen #Religious #And #Atheists #On #The #Right

  7. THEY WERE MASONS. only George Washington died as a catholic. Please people start doing your own research, thomas paine who wrote common sense which launched the American revolution… also wrote the age of reason (as anti christian as any book has ever been) they (founding fathers) believed in religiosity as a moral goodness but not in Jesus Christ and they cared not for anything in the bible that could not be believed by using mans simple reason. Like the virgin birth, miracles performed by Christ, and the resurrection. I have no problem with them being masons. But we need to stop lying about America being some Christian nation. It’s not. Other than GW, none of them were Christians in any sense. no one can say they are christians “ in the only way He intended” by believing in what you want out the bible and discarding anything that is supernatural from bible. Saying someone is “religious” is about as stupid as saying someone is spiritual. And then talking about people who picked through what they liked from the Bible and call them religious. Go back to talking about taxes. They were smart lads but their dead this video was a disservice and was of production time. Go back to talking about taxes PragerU

  8. We as Catholics believe in a transcendent God the Creator of the Universe that exists outside of nature! 2. We believe in God who imposes moral obligations on all human beings even us! 3. We believe in God who punishes evil behavior! and rewards good behavior in an afterlife 4. We believe in God who gave us free will!

  9. This is true, but Franklin wasn’t someone who lived his life as a religious man. Or at least he didn’t act religious, given his son born out of wedlock. Lol

  10. There is a lot of bs in the comments so let me say something that (mostly) everyone can agree on. This video is factual showing why people who say "They were atheist" are incorrect. This is mainly a political channel so I don't see why they would make this video on this, because this topic doesn't have political sidings. One thing we can appreciate though is that our founders, though religious, fought for religious freedom

  11. They believed in freedom of religion, but they also believed in freedom from religion. The first amendment says "CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION." Which means that all religions should be treated equally. Hence the separation of church and state.

  12. So far this is the best youtube channel I've came across that talks about religion and about many misconceptions people have regarding the role of religion for humanity ,
    It feels good to know that there are others who think the same way as you do .

  13. The founding fathers were courageous enough to decide for themselves the nature of God and organized religion. That is in contrast to most Christians, who accept without question whatever their own church tells them to believe.

  14. They were all secularists more influenced by the French Enlightenment. They demanded a strong seperation of Church and State. You can find much more evidence of this fact than this revisionist crap is trying to convince you of Think for yourselves! Do a little research. Don't just accept misinformation. Every cherry picked simplification here was made in a larger context.

  15. Aleluya! Just plain truth that liberals leftists want to hide.. Praise the Lord for this beacon of light in the darkest hours of America’s morality and persecution to Christian faith.. ! (Hope YouTube doesn’t point PragerU as a “hate group” , restricting its view, (As SPLC would point it). Very powerful. We will pray for you, and as soon we can contribute, we will.. God bless..

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  17. What a joke this is. A TOTAL re-writing of history. They in NO sense served anything even remotely close to the God of the Bible, the One that can only be known through the work of Jesus Christ.

  18. This video is false{or rather half false, half truth, misrepresented}
    All 4 of those men were ardent deists{well, except for Washington, who was a freemason liberal theist- for his time}, all of whom were wary about pissing off Christians{since most average citizens were christians} but who nonetheless did and said things that were subtle attempts to subvert judeo-christianity and revealed religion slowly. All like you said came from christian backgrounds, but clearly were not christians or revealed religionists in the othodox sense and were highly influenced by deistic thought and/or freemasonic thought.

    Half a minute in and allready dissapointed in the historical revisionism and intellectually lazy dishonesty going on this video. I expected better from PargerU, usually you're videos are insightful and good, but this video misses the mark

    Yeah, Jefferson mentioned "their creator" and also "nature and natures God"{deistic language, not christian nor revealed religion language}- Jefferson was a Deist{and an epicurean/materalist}. Some say he was a liberal christian, but only so far n that he respected Jesus as a moral philosopher, he famously created 'The Jefferson Bible", in which he ommitted the O.T./Jewish scriptures completely[as he hated them and their deity}, he cut out all the miracles from the gospels and cut out the epistles.
    Jefferson was close friends with Thomas Paine, who was the most devout of deists{and whom coined the term 'United States" btw}; and theyw ere both believers in secularism{with only symbolic referances to a deistic notion of God in a couple passages of the declaration and constitution}.

    The most well known, and influential of the founding fathers were either Deists or freemasons{or both; Washington was a freemason theist and like Jefferson VERY liberally 'christian' in the loosest of senses}, Franklin was a Deist, the list goes on.
    The majority of the founding fathers were indeed christians though, but not the most prominent founding fathers. And the majority of those were decidedly liberal or unitarian oriented christians for their time, some- but few- were orthodox or fundamentalist{as we would understand those terms today}.

    The treaty of Tripoli{the first, signed in 1796} contained " United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion"

    Then there is later, Lincoln, who freed the slaves, who was also a Deistically inclined person{highly inspired and influenced both theologically and socio-politically by Paine}

    Since most of the settler citizens were Christians of one sorts or another, the founders included deistic terms andphrases to appease them, the culture itself was highly christian, but the founders never intended for the govt nor the founding documents and laws to be specifically christian or governed by revealed religions{ie: theocracy}- they had just escaped such from Europe, which is why they did not wish to make the same mistakes.
    In some senses it can be said that the U.S. culturally is traditionally a christian society{that does not mean it needs to be always so}- but the govt itself and the laws were never meant to be such as well, they were always meant to be secular. The few referances to God or Creator ceremonally put in t appease the religious, were always deistic in design and lend themselves to secular government and laws, purely symbolic.

    As for morality/virtue, religion is not neccasery for this, PHILOSOPHY IS. Which is why the prominent founders themselves were much moreso philosophers than 'religious"{in the traditional or orthodox sense} and intended for this philosophical spirit to be shared with the people so they could become citizen philosophers, and from that- gain a better idea of ethics, morality, and virtue than the non-philosophical have{or the fundamentalist religious do}. Religions{some, not all} can and do teach some similar moralities and virtues and ethics which are enlightened and advantageous, not only christian or judeo-christan or abrahamic/revealed religion by the way; and in fact, taken too literally these religions and others like them have always led to lack of virtue and morality and ethics, and repressive witch hunty societies, puritanical theocratic govts's and puritnatical pitch fork wielding unreasoning mobs.
    There are matters in their scriptures said to be dicatted by or done by done by the command of their gods which are morally evil to any sane sense of justice, fairness, or real virtue; things which not even modern revealed religionists of the judeo-christian variety would ever justify anymore{they just tend to ignore those parts of their books or make excuses for them}- because they know inwwardly, inhenretly that many of those things are cruel, unjust, evil, UNVIRTUOUS and IMMORAL.
    Taken symbolically, there are lessons in those scriptures though that are valuable and can help lead to virtue. But literalist fundamentalism is a danger yo any citivilization -leading to injustice, immorality, and cruelty.

    Your lack of mention of "Deism" in this video is disturbing to say the least. Deism was the leading theology of the prominent founding fathers and is the theology alluded to in the declaration of independences phraseology, and it was meant to create a virtuous philosopher citizen society, meant to eventually lead away from both revealed religion AND atheism towards deism or maybe agnosticism, but ruled by secular govt and law.

    You can do better than this PragerU

  19. So to paraphrase, the founding fathers were Deist's, who believed in a higher power who oversaw individuals,governments, and held all accountable post mortem, but felt the state shouldn't endorse religion let alone a particular, but the practice of wich was a right?

  20. I hope we all realize that punishment in believers' afterlives is contrary to Protestant teaching and upheld by Catholic teaching.

  21. Its a lie.

    "Washington did attend Episcopal Church. But his own bishop admitted that George didn't consider himself a Christian. He was known to leave church whenever they took communion. And he didn't so much as say a mealtime prayer in his own house.

    Adams was Unitarian…did not accept the Christian concepts of sin or redemption, or the divinity of Jesus…

    Jefferson was a Deist [the belief that there is a 'natural god' and not a Biblical God].

    Madison…was a staunch supporter of the separation of church and state, and never would of religion at all."

    – Vincent M. Wales

    It is possible that the founding fathers had said those quotes but only to appeal to the Christian public. That or Prager cherry picked those quotes and re-worked them around to suite his beliefs. So lets just agree that America is a Secular government and not a theocracy.

    All right you cuntservative trollers. you want to screw with me than bring it on!

  22. The Truth is technically we are not a Christian nation but by all practicality we are!!! Only someone who is blinded by there own stubborn bias could not see the overwhelming influences it has had on our nation and within the inner workings of our founding either directly or indirectly and these unwavering strict modern secularist agendas i suspect are not to insure that government does not dictate one denomination over another but rather to separate GOD completely from all forums of country,, These are the slip and fall lawyer's of the constitution they use any technicality or letter as a proof although when you weigh the opposing evidence it is a bit more then overwhelming,, These people truly wish to morally regress into a Pre-biblical society as evidenced by there supposed progressive agendas.

  23. Why does it matter?
    1. Athiests often misrepresent their beliefs and use it as though it were ammo for the atheist argument. Quite the opposite
    2. They actually believed it a necessity for a properly functioning society, recognising the need for judeo-christian ethics/morals for true freedom and liberty in society.
    God is the basis for human rights and the moral duties that support them

  24. Unfortunatly New atheism ('Traditional' atheism is best) is the poison not religion. For these ignorant people deny christian history and the foundation of america and western values.

  25. 1.3K dislikes? Sounds like the new atheists has arrived to this channel. You already poisoned critical thinking don't poison pragerU. (Religion does not poison society:))

  26. Mark Ferri is quite wrong, for example mostly all of the founders had theological degrees and spoke of Jesus – which is not a Deist concept, Jesus is a personal interacting God.

  27. On Jefferson's tomb stone it has 3 of his favorite accomplishments, "Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom & Father of the University of Virginia. When They were debating the statute of Virginia religious freedom lawmakers wanted to include Jesus Christ. But Jefferson told them know, that he wanted the statute to be for all religions and for those with no religions. On the wall of the Jefferson Memorial there's a quote the reads, "For I have sworn upon the alter of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man". But, there's more to that quote.
    To Benjamin Rush
    Monticello Sep. 23. 1800.
    Dear Sir,
    I promised you a letter on Christianity, which I have not forgotten. on the contrary it is because I have reflected on it, that I find much more time necessary for it than I can at present dispose of. I have a view of the subject which ought to displease neither the rational Christian or Deist; & would reconcile many to a character they have too hastily rejected. I do not know however that it would reconcile the genus irritabile vatum, who are all in arms against me. their hostility is on too interesting ground to be softened. the delusions into which the XYZ plot shewed it possible to push the people, the successful experiment made under the prevalence of that delusion, on the clause of the constitution which while it secured the freedom of the press, covered also the freedom of religion, had given to the clergy a very favorite hope of obtaining an establishment of a particular form of Christianity thro’ the US. and as every sect believes it’s own form the true one, every one perhaps hoped for it’s own: but especially the Episcopalians & Congregationalists. the returning good sense of our country threatens abortion to their hopes, & they believe that any position of power confided to me will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. and they believe truly. for I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. but this is all they have to fear from me.

  28. If you believe in the bible then yes it was founded by Lucifer angle of light prince and principalities tthe fallen the war in heaven. Druidic Canaanite Hollywood prince of the air

  29. Yes the founding fathers were religions. however the values of america are secular values . The first amendment breaks 4 of the ten commandments. probating the government from having any bias against any religion including no religion . Also in the bible, it says that people should not question there ruler for he is chosen by god.

  30. Not surprised that left wingers don't respect the individual , they are athiests so the individual isn't scared , its so ironic leftwingers demanding civil right s , you cant have civil individual rights wihout , seing the individual as sovereign and you cant have that without the individual being scared and you cant have the sacred without god. Western society stands on the corpse of Christianity , once you get rid of god , the western liberalism cant exist, and that's what we see now , athetisic left wing communits gradually destroying American values , it will get worse until its gone

  31. Look at the establishment clause in the First Amendment.

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

    People have the right to practice religion, but there can't be an establishment of religion. So, according to the first amendment, this is not a "Christian Nation." I would say that it was largely influenced by Christian Deists.

  32. Christianity is the most perverted system ever shone on man. – Thomas Jefferson

    Ans all the above were freemasons. Don't manipulate the facts.

  33. “This is the biggest sack of horse shit and only an EXTREME MORON would believe something this retarded. The VERY FIRST AMENDMENT of the constitution is based on the Separation of church and state. The paramount reason why the forefathers came to this country was for religious freedom. They listed it as their top goal in forming America. Matter of fact most of the fore fathers weren’t even Christian, but deist, atheist and agnostic. I could site thousands of quotes which piss on this lie from Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Paine, etc. but I shouldn’t need to, considering the reading of the constitution is a 4th grade curriculum requirement.”

    —Charlotte from EvilBible.com, on the claim that the US Constitution is a Christian based document

  34. As soon as I see that a PragerU video has a religious subject, I know it's going to have more dislikes than most of their other videos.

  35. Are we religious? Or in anyway anymore connected with the truth and nature? Why in the name of God have we allowed homosexual marriage in this country?? Are we that much more intelligent than the Founders now. Or have we simply become full of ourselves? There's nothing 'Progressive' about it, it is actually regressive.

  36. Funny you don’t bring up Thomas Paine. Who hated Christianity and blamed it for most of humanity’s problems

  37. believing in a God doesnt make you christian. believing in Jesus makes you a Christian . these men were not christian. period. they denied the deity of Jesus.

  38. I'm a Christian and have studied a lot into the religious beliefs of these men… this video gets a lot of information wrong.

  39. The first settlers in the new world, cane here to escape religious persecution. Religious freedom was the main reason they braved the harsh waters of the Atlantic to settle in the unchartered land known as America.

  40. Yes the founders were somewhat religious, however, they believed in the separation of church and state, meaning that the bible didn't rule the lives of colonists. That's what prompted the first amendment and future presidents to keep their religious affairs private. Proposing that they were very religious is a bit questionable, for a lot of them, such as Jefferson and Franklin, subscribed to deism, which acknowledged God's existence but put more power on human rationality.

  41. I understand your intent, PragerU, but your claim is somewhat misguided in that it seems the founding fathers managed to create a secular society despite their religious backgrounds. Furthermore, Jefferson was the one who instigated the idea of separating the church and the state, fostering the idea that a Religiocracy wouldn't do. I'm not sure that it's helpful in any particular way to strongly assert that your country is historically religious, or even non-religious for that matter. Finally, whether they believed strongly or not, those beliefs do not substantiate the claim of a god existing or that the United States is rooted in Judeo-Christian values, as Josh seems to be suggesting.

  42. Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between
    man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith
    or worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that
    act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
    or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State. Adhering to this expression
    of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those

    sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights,
    convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties. -Thomas Jefferson

  43. This is true, however, to their shame the Founding Fathers did not let God through Jesus Christ by Holy Spirit inspiration form a zealous compassionate movement to abolish slavery. Yes, the nation; after a harsh human toll Civil War repented of slavery, then oppression by denying equal opportunity. And we should not overly dwell on this. But we have an elephant in the room predicated on the same lack of compassionate zeal to form a coalition to bring back the ideals of protecting helpless human beings from being murdered such as tiny babies, elderly, and sick. How far has this nation sunk when many with clever playing at heartstrings rhetoric exalt autonomy over self evident Creator inalienable principles the Declaration of Independence give us justifying brutal crimes against humanity can obtain/keep/expand influence and power?
    ~
    The evidence of history shows that those, unlike the Founders of this nation who proclaim in some fashion that God and morality are mere humankind societal changeable precepts gradually gained influence in Christianity over a period of 170 years or so. This steam rolled more and more since around 1920. They sell a bland false enabling sin Christ to exalt autonomy over a true metanoia, teshuva in Hebrew. They always champion the underprivileged and promote a form of social justice changing from reasoned positions radical ones to form an emotionally charged narrative to gain promotion from the populace to obtain/keep/expand influence and/or power. In unprincipled fashion they flip (or show complacency) on any moral issue they perceive for prestige or influence and/or power.
    Paul the Apostle said that they have a form of godliness by deny The Power of God to transform lives. Jeremiah wrote of white washed stones of false peace. Jesus Christ spoke of false piety, vain prayer, vain alms giving (championing the poor) lacking justice and mercy becoming white washed tombs full of all manner of corruption like vain glory to wallow in prestige. May we all let God continually transform each of us interiorly and be sincere witnesses of The Gospel and champions of the least among us to give Glory to our Heavenly Father by the Grace of Christ Jesus!
    ~
    Various times and places in history mimic the historical human family state that Israel was in when Jesus Christ came as Suffering Servant. Now, our time in history, has a worldwide 'Roman Empire,' which in many ways has 'politically correct' peer pressure civility which does not stand up to this new world order. Instead of selling shekels & copper coins with no images worthy of Temple offerings at an uneven exchange rate for 'Roman' coins with images not worthy of Temple offerings; the money changers wax rich by buying up secular humanist dictatorship (or complacency toward) moral relativism culture of death 'coins.' This time is also analogous to the time of Neron (Nero) Caesar, whereby, impartially known to God some willingly bow down to this new 'Roman Empire' and receive his number. There must be a creative way to inform the faithful without sounding 'crazy' or 'alarmist' or 'conspiracy theorist.' We know the Holy Bible says that God's people die for lack of knowledge.
    ~
    Peace.

  44. You would not call them to Christian‘s today and that’s a fact they have their own beliefs of godNot the Christian God

  45. "None of the Founding Fathers believed in a uninvolved God." Benjamin Franklin cough
    Just because someone believes that God made us and left us alone to make our own decisions, hence God's gift of free will, does not mean they do not believe in the Virgin Mary or Jesus's heavenly power. God has the power to intervene for us, and we beg him to, but he does not because that would take the point out of life. If we can simply have the help of God in every instance than why work as hard? If we rely on intervention than we will just do some but not alot of our own work. That's a simply belief, and it is mine. I don't care if you agree but stop with the lie made about Benjamin Franklin. If someone is not the traditional Christian than so what. Also, Charles Carroll, Daniel Carroll and Thomas Fitzsimmons were the three only Roman-Catholic Founding Fathers. Stop dumbing down history.

  46. Read Thomas Paine's book "Age of Reason"… This guy is full of sh!t !!!!!! Read Thomas Jefferson's bible.. He wrote his own version of the bible…

  47. Yeah they were so religious that they decided to enshrine the separation of church and state within the constitution.

  48. If these quotes are correct, then it proves intelligent people can believe two opposing views at the same time. We the People in our entire history never respected the Constitution, and thus find ourselves in the mess we have today.
    The USA wasn't founded on Christian principles.

    America & the Constitution were founded in direct opposition to Judeo-Christian values.

    Yahweh: Worship only me or else eternal torture. USA: Worship whoever you want.

    Yahweh: Torture forever if they don't love me. USA: No cruel or unusual punishment.

    Yahweh: Slavery ok & beat slaves ok. USA: No slavery (SECTION 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. ).

    Yahweh: Can’t challenge authority (Rom 9:20). USA: Separation of Powers, Freedom of Speech.

    The Constitution allows you to worship whoever you want. Those that take advantage of that freedom with Abrahamic Gods end up in hellfire if they make the wrong choice.

    The Christians ignored the Constitution and obeyed the Bible by keeping slavery, etc.

  49. None of the Founders were "Orthodox" Christians. Eastern Orthodoxy primarily came to the Americas through St. Herman of Alaska in the late 18th century under Russia.

  50. You know probably they were religious who knows maybe not but even though they were maybe religious they still laid out in the Constitution Congress shall make no law establishing or prohibiting religion and blah blah blah

  51. What Bible verses did Benjamin Franklin recite to his members of the hellfire club or to all of the prostitutes in Philadelphia that he slept with?

  52. Very, very misleading video which we might expect from PU. Regarding Thomas Jefferson, no he did not believe in a transcendent god who rewarded good or bad behavior and, like all Epicureans, he thought that morality comes from an innate sense within us (though of course not all people have it very strongly), and not from god, the bible, or any revealed source.
    https://newepicurean.com/suggested-reading/thomas-jeffersons-letter-to-william-short-october-31-1819/

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