I keep publishing excerpts for David Barton’s book “Jefferson Lies.” I think it is important we all know these things.
When it was suggested that Jefferson had based the Declaration on the writings of other philosophers, he responded, “Whether I had gathered my ideas from reading or reflection I do not know.
I know only that I turned to neither book nor pamphlet while writing it.” In fact, he specifically asserted that the Declaration of Independence was “an expression of the American mind” rather than a lexicon of European ideas, and even proclaimed that “the comparisons of our governments with those of Europe are like a comparison of heaven and hell.”
This is not to say that the Enlightenment had no influence in the American Founding; it certainly did. However, the crucial distinction regularly overlooked (or ignored) by many writers today is that some of the leading Enlightenment writers had ideas compatible with orthodox Christianity (such as Baron Puffendorf, Charles Montesquieu, Francis Hutcheson, John Locke, Thomas Reid, Hugo Grotius, and William Blackstone). Others of them certainly embraced ideas antithetical to traditional Christianity (such as Voltaire, Denis Diderot, David Hume, Claude Adrien Helvetius,
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Others of them certainly embraced ideas antithetical to traditional Christianity (such as Voltaire, Denis Diderot, David Hume, Claude Adrien Helvetius, Jean-Jacques Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Sir Nicholas Malby, and Guillaume Thomas François Raynal). Modern authors regularly assert that America’s Founders were influenced by the latter group; but to the extent that they were influenced by Enlightenment thinkers at all, they drew almost solely from the first group.
Indeed, of the four Enlightenment writers cited most frequently in the political literature of the Founding Era, three (Charles Montesquieu, William Blackstone, and John Locke) are from the first group. Only David Hume is from the second group.
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Congress wanted to show America’s appreciation for the opportunity to create a new government in peace and tranquility.
The founders did not intend for God to be separate from our official acts. The founders just did not want a national denomination, such as in England.
They did not want an established church, an established church would take away religious liberty.
They did not want an established church that could force people to worship against their will or support it with private tax dollars.
Many say the founding fathers didn’t believe in God and weren’t Christian. They even go on to say that George Washington wasn’t a Christian and never went to church and never prayed.
This is completely wrong. In the early days of the United States, the whole of society centered around the local church. Most of the early pioneers attended church regularly or semi-regularly. Practically all our early schools were church sponsored, thus the children’s education was based on religion, as was George Washington.