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A Christian Nation Essay

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A Great Nation with Many Questions
The American citizens of this great nation, as a whole, are ready to concede that the United States of America was not founded with Christian principles or with any basis of religion. In ten years, no one will question whether we were founded as a Christian nation or not. Is this something that American citizens are willing to concede? Our founding fathers never directly made reference to Christianity or religion, but it certainly was referenced. Think of how the United States of America would be if its foundation was not one with Christian principles, not a united country, a country without good moral values. Historically, whether many believe it or ...view middle of the document...

When they established the Massachusetts Bay colony they based their colony on the laws of God, believing that God would protect them.
State charters and constitutions reference Christianity in their documents. According to you tube video “We were founded a Christian Nation: State constitutions provide indisputable proof” by AmericanFamilyAssoc1 states that thirteen states reference Christianity. The states include Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, and Vermont”. Pennsylvania’s state constitution written by Benjamin Franklin in 1776 reads that before a legislator can take his seat each member shall subscribe to having to take an oath that reads. “I do believe in one God the creator and giver of the universe, a rewarder of the good and the punisher of the wicked and I do acknowledge the scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspirations”. Keep in mind that Benjamin Franklin in one of our founding fathers, whom was a Deist and considered to be one of the least religious. Massachusetts Constitution written in 1780 reads “Any person before he can execute the duties of his office shall subscribe-I declare that I believe the Christian religion and have a firm persuasion of its truth”. Another founding father, John Adams wrote it. Founding father James Madison and George Mason wrote the Virginia Bill of Rights and it states, “It is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance”. The rest of the constitutions reads similar language and makes for an even stronger debate. In each of these constitutions, requirements were also built. Vermont’s constitution stated that each much declare “I do believe in one God”. North Carolina’s constitution states “No person should deny the being of God”. Without such agreement and declaration, one was not allowed to be a leader for their state. Now tell me that this is not proof enough.
Many believe that we were not founded as a Christian nation because there is no mention of God or Christianity in the U. S. Constitution. There are three documents providing evidence that we are a Christian nation; The Declaration of Independence, The Paris Peace Treaty of 1783, and the Constitution. Although these documents do not say Christianity or God it is inferred and should be translated as such. The Declaration of Independence alone makes references such as, men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, all men are created equal, the laws of nature and of nature’s God, and divine providence. The Constitution made reference to Christianity when it was signed and ratified by it being signed in the “Year of Our Lord”. The Paris Peace Treaty makes references such as, name of the most holy and undivined trinity, as well as in the year of our Lord. All of these references did not identify a God; our founding fathers left it open to interpretation...

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