A Student of History

September 13, 2007

Were the founders of the US Christians?

Filed under: Early America,The world today — John Maass @ 6:08 am

Were the founders of the US Christians?  This topic seems to keep coming up again and again, with most academic treatments of this subject arguing that they did not, and many right of center Christian writers going to great lengths to say “yes.”  In the past several years there have been numerous studies written to show that, for instance, George Washington was a Christian, and others too.  (Actually, I think Washington’s “religion” was Freemasonry but that is another story.)

This all is leading to this link to a USA Today on-line article on what Americans think the “real” answer is.  One thousand or so people took part in this survey.

Most Americans believe the nation’s founders wrote Christianity into the Constitution, and people are less likely to say freedom to worship covers religious groups they consider extreme, a poll out today finds.

Now, it goes without saying that polling average citizens–especially in this nation–is surely not the way to solve historical questions, but is an interesting part of the debate.


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  1. […] Early America, The past that is still with us — John Maass @ 8:03 am A few weeks ago, I posted on Christianity and the Founders, a subject that has been receiving lots of attention in the form of […]

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