Patrick Henry, who is called the firebrand of the American Revolution, is still remembered for his words, "Give me liberty or give me death." But in current textbooks the context of these words is deleted. Here is the full context of what he said:
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
Patrick Henry was a Christian.
The following year, 1776, he wrote:
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here."
And our first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay stated that when we select our national leaders, if we are to preserve our Nation, we must select Christians.
"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian Nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
Currently Under Construction. This page is dedicated to the Christian Heritage of our Founding Fathers of the United States of America. There will be facts listed here as well as information on Biblical Legislation to be passed and links to contact your State's Assembly, Senator's, Congress, & Governor's Offices.
Thomas Jefferson wrote on the front of his well - worn Bible:
"I am a Christian, that is to say a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator and, I hope, to the pure doctrine of Jesus also."
In an address to military leaders John Adams, our second president, who also served as chairman of the American Bible Society said,
"We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
"And the Government shall be upon His shoulders.... " Isaiah 9:6
The Declaration of Independence * 1776
It is reported that 52 of the 55 signers of The Declaration of Independence were deeply committed Christians. The other three of which believed in the Bible as the divine truth from God, and His personal intervention.
Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President of the United States reaffirmed this truth when he wrote,
"The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country."
John Quincy Adams, the son of John Adams, was the sixth U.S. President and was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he considered his highest and most important role.
On July 4, 1821, President Adams said, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."
The First Institution of Higher Learning in The United States Harvard University
The Founding Fathers placed a strong priority on higher education with the Bible as the cornerstone. On September 26, 1642 the guidelines that would govern Harvard University, our nation's first college, were established. They read, in part, "Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3), and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.
And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of him (Proverbs 2:3)."
The motto of Harvard was Christi Gloriam (Christ be glorified) and the college was later dedicated Christo et Ecclesiae (for Christ and for the Church). The founders of Harvard believed that "All knowledge without Christ was vain."
Even though Christianity is not mentioned in the Constitution or Bill or Rights, the Founders of the American republic were influenced by Christian ideas in significant ways. For example:
Their faith taught them that humans were sinful. As James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 51, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external or internal controls on government would be necessary.” This conviction led them to avoid utopian experiments such as those later pursued during the French Revolution and to adopt a constitutional system characterized by separated powers, checks and balances, and federalism. Many Enlightenment thinkers in this era, by way of contrast, tended to favor a strong, centralized government run by experts.
They firmly believed that God ordained moral standards, that legislation should be made in accordance with these standards, and that moral laws took precedence over human laws. This conviction manifests itself in their abstract reflections (e.g., James Wilson’s law lectures, parts of which read like St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica) and practical decisions (e.g., all but one Supreme Court Justice prior to John Marshall argued publicly that the Court could strike down an act of Congress if it violated natural law).
Similarly, Christianity informed the Founders’ understanding of substantive concepts such as “liberty.” Barry Shain has identified eight different ways in which the word was used in the 18th century. Only one of these is related to the excessively individualistic way the term is often used today. Instead, the Founders were far more likely to see liberty as the freedom to do what is morally correct, as illustrated by United States Supreme Court Justice James Wilson’s marvelous dictum: “Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.”
America’s Founders believed that humans were created in the imago dei—the image of God. Part of what this means is that humans are reasonable beings. This led them to conclude that we the people (as opposed to the elite) can order our public lives together through politics rather than force. It also helped inform early (and later) American opposition to slavery.
Faith led many Founders to conclude that religious liberty should be extensively protected. Yet many also thought that civic authorities should encourage Christianity and that it is appropriate to use religious language in the public square.
George Washington, the Father of our Nation, was a Christian. In his farewell speech on September 19, 1796 he said, "It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
Consider these words from his personal prayer book:
"Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb and purge my heart by the Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear, and dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of thy son, Jesus Christ."
William Holmes McGuffey is the author of the McGuffey Reader, which was used for over 100 years in our public schools with over 125 million copies sold until it was stopped in 1963. President Lincoln called him the "Schoolmaster of the Nation." Listen to these words of Mr. McGuffey:
"The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our notions on character of God, on the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions. From no source has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From all these extracts from the Bible I make no apology."
List of US Presidents
1) George Washington (1789-1797)
2) John Adams (1797-1801)
3) Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)
4) James Madison (1809-1817)
5) James Monroe (1817-1825)
6) John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)
7) Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)
8) Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)
9) William Henry Harrison (1841)
10) John Tyler (1841-1845)
11) James K. Polk (1845-1849)
12) Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)
13) Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)
14) Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)
15) James Buchanan (1857-1861)
16) Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)
17) Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)
18) Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)
19) Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)
20) James A. Garfield (1881)
21) Chester Arthur (1881-1885)
22) Grover Cleveland (1885-1889)
23) Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)
24) Grover Cleveland (1893-1897)
25) William McKinley (1897-1901)
26) Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)
27) William Howard Taft (1909-1913)
28) Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)
29) Warren G. Harding (1921-1923)
30) Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)
31) Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)
32) Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)
33) Harry S Truman (1945-1953)
34) Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)
35) John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)
36) Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)
37) Richard Nixon (1969-1974)
38) Gerald Ford (1974-1977)
39) Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)
40) Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)
41) George Bush (1989-1993)
42) Bill Clinton (1993-2001)
43) George W. Bush (2001-2009)
44) Barack Obama (2009-2016)
45) Donald J. Trump (2016-2024)
It wasn't in Washington DC nor was it in Philadelphia in 1776. Our nation was conceived in Philadelphia, but we did not become an official nation until April 30th, 1789.
That was the day that George Washington was sworn in as America's first president. In fact there is a very famous statue marking the very spot where he was sworn in. He was inaugurated on the island of Manhattan, New York City, in front of the Federal Hall located on Wall Street. On April 23, it was announced to the nation that at 9:00 AM the church bells across the nation will ring for a half hour, calling the entire nation come to their house of worship and to commit our new government to the Most High God. After being sworn-in, George Washington delivered this nation's first “Inaugural Address” to a joint session of Congress. In it, Washington declared: "It would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States." It was at St. Paul's Chapel that our nation was dedicated to God. Our newly founded Government joined our President, along with the rest of the nation, upon bent knee and in solemn prayer asked for God's favor and blessing upon this nation. It was at that time that our nation was committed by our leader and the people to God Almighty.
It is at that very moment that the ground with which our nation was dedicated, became hallowed ground.
"At the base of our freedom is our faith in God and the desire of Americans to live by His will and by His guidance. As long as this country trusts in God, it will prevail. To remind all of us of this self-evident truth, it is proper that our currency should carry these inspiring words, coming down to us through our history: 'In God We Trust.'" --Representative Bennett (Sponsor of the legislation in 1955 mandating the inscription of "In God We Trust" on all coins and paper currency.)
Shortly after creating the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress voted to purchase and import some 20,000 copies of the Holy Bible for the people of this nation. This is the same congress that formed the American Bible Society some years later in New York as a union of 28 local Bible societies in the year 1816; their goal was the placing of a Bible in every home.
In 1782, the United States Congress voted this resolution: "The congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools."
Constitution of the United States of America * 1787
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