Christianity and the constitution john eidsmoe
Christianity and the Constitution: The Faith of Our Founding Fathers by John EidsmoeI had the privilege of sitting next to Col. John Eidsmoe at a Confederate Heritage conference some years ago. We discussed this book.
The book is valuable in a historical and evidential sense. Ive debated humanists on these points for years and I can always get them to confess that history and the facts are on my side (for example, if separation of church and state means what you think it means, then explain why many New England states had established churches in the mid 1800s. Good luck). Ive come to the conclusion, recently though, that it doesnt matter. While facts, logic, and history are on my side (and Col. Eidsmoes), the humanists have the power of the courts and the media on their side. In the War for America today it will take more than facts and evidence to win.
As to specifics, Col. Eidsmoe does a good job in demonstrating that the book of Deuteronomy comprises over 23% of the Founding Fathers legal sources. Therefore, if separation of church and state means what you think it means, then explain why this is the case. Good luck.
The book is somewhat dated, though, as Col. Eidsmoe admits. Still, it provided a valuable service to Christian families who faced legal battles and jail time for not educating their children according to the dictates of the Lord High State.
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Was the faith of the Founding Fathers deism or Christianity? What does the answer mean for us today? Both the secularists and the Christians have missed the mark. There's been a lot of rustle in the press lately--and in many Christian publications--about the faith of the Founding Fathers and the status of the United States as a "Christian nation. On the other side, secularists cry "foul" and parade their own list of notables among our country's patriarchs. They rally around the cry of "separation of church and state.
No one can deny that many of the founding fathers of the United States of America were men of deep religious convictions based in the Bible and faith in Jesus Christ. Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence , nearly half 24 held seminary or Bible school degrees. These Christian quotes of the founding fathers on religion will give you an overview of their strong moral and spiritual convictions which helped form the foundations of our nation and our government. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian. Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God
During the twentieth century, various secular writers have asserted that the Framers of the U. Constitution were secular-minded men whose goal was to shake off the superstitions of the past i. A few Christian writers have bought this argument, some because they too believe government should be secular, others because they believe the Framers should have gone further in establishing an overtly Christian republic. How, then, should we evaluate the Constitution today? Is it a secular document, a Christian document, or a hybrid document? My answer is: The US Constitution reflects the temper of the time in which it was written, a time in which Christianity was the dominant religion and philosophy, but also a time in which some strains of Enlightenment philosophy existed in America as well.