Again quoting from David Barton’s book, Jefferson Lies, the term Providence has a totally different meaning.
Another illustration of Modernism is the current claim that because the Founders frequently used terms such as “Providence,” they were, therefore, deists. After all, this word is rarely used by Christians today, and few modern editions of the Bible even contain the term.* But in the most popular Bible of early colonial America, the Geneva Bible, the term appeared 144 times and it was routinely used by some of America’s most famous and even evangelical Gospel ministers. For almost three centuries, today’s supposedly “deistic” term “Providence” was deeply implanted in the thought and speech of mainstream Christianity before eventually falling into modern disuse.
Similarly, Modernist critics complain about what they see as a liberal use of the death penalty in the early colonies. But as nineteenth-century historian Daniel Dorchester pointed out, when those settlers left England to come to America, the death penalty was applied to 223 separate offenses in the Mother Country, but after their arrival in America, “not a single colony code recognized more than fifteen capital crimes.” He therefore correctly concluded, “Such are the facts of modern history which should moderate our denunciations and charges of severity, brutality, and narrow-mindedness against the colonial forefathers who, it clearly appears, were much in advance of their times.” All of this is not to say that there is no absolute
truth or that historical eras, movements, and individuals should not be judged by the immutable standards of right and wrong that transcend all generations – the standards that Jefferson and the Founding Fathers identified in the Declaration of Independence as “the laws of nature and of nature’s God.” But just because those in previous generations may have “seen some things imperfectly” does not mean that everything they did that differs from today’s practices can therefore be dismissed out of hand. Presenting history through the filter of Modernism produces many flawed conclusions, including about Jefferson.
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There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.”
As simple as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to over complicate the issues, when an easy and simple solution would be obvious.
I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.
It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.