Description john fea offers a thoroughly researched, evenhanded primer on whether america was founded to be a christian nation, as many evangelicals assert, or a secular state, as others contend. Even after the civil war, there is little in the historical record to challenge evangelical beliefs that america was founded as a christian nation until the supreme court did so beginning in the 1960s. The christian nation myth farrell till whenever the supreme court makes a decision that in any way restricts the intrusion of religion into the affairs of government, a flood of editorials, articles, and letters protesting the ruling is sure to appear in the newspapers. America was founded predominantly, not exclusively, but predominantly by christians, who wanted to build this foundation of christian nation on the foundation of god's will, said jeffress furthermore, these men believed that the future success of our country depended upon our fidelity to the christian beliefs. Many people bring predetermined conclusions to the question posed by this volume, was america founded as a christian nation: a historical introduction (westminster john knox press) but fea.
The myth that america is a christian nation is not only untrue, but promotes the pernicious idea that non-christians are second-class citizens. America was founded as a christian nation according to john adams: the highest history of the american revolution is this:it connected in one indissoluable bond the principles of civil government with the principles of christianity. Introduction  more passion and argument has gone into the fantastically irrelevant question, 'was america founded as a christian nation' it has become in its own right a major front of the never ceasing american culture wars between those two perennial foes, liberal and conservative.
Using sermons, as well as the writings of the early founders, fea traces this idea that america was founded strictly as a christian nation the second great awaking plays largely in this first chapter and the revival of protestant evangelicalism. America was founded on christian principles all our freedoms are actually christian ideals our fear is that if we, as a nation, keep moving further away from our. The answer to the question of whether america was founded as a christian nation depends on how you define christianity, the american people and the founding of the nation sometimes history is a little complex. Few questions in american politics generate as much controversy as the relationship between church and state on one side are christian nationalists who contend that the nation was founded on religious principles.
Was america founded as a christian nation by john fea is an excellent introduction to that question and should be read by both christian nationalists and secularists alike, for it corrects the historical errors both sides commit and draws a balanced portrait of the role religion did (and did not) play in the american founding. America is a christian nation because christian theological thought is responsible for the philosophy upon which our nation was founded = true our rights as citizens and our very government itself are based on a uniquely christian concept of the innate value of all human life. Was america founded with the express intention of being a christian nation is it a christian nation now conservative christians have long argued yes to both of these questions, while secularists have advocated for the opposite view. Aired on 08 nov 2009 is america a christian nation is america a christian nation many people don't think so today the truth is, however, that our great nation was founded on principles that are all throughout the bible. The congregationalist/puritan church continued to be established at the state level in new england into the second quarter of the 19th century, but the federal government --america in the sense of the federal republic -- was explicitly not founded as a christian nation.
America is a christian nation home ministry resources christianity in america america is a christian nation you're probably aware of the countless and increasing instances in which our government is ceasing to acknowledge god as our creator god and to allow any display of religious expression in the public spaces. Was american founded as a christian nation that question is the title of a 2011 book by john fea , an american historian who teaches at messiah college in pennsylvania like most questions about the past, the answer turns out to be complicated. Another chapter covers john witherspoon, john jay, and samuel adams, seeing in them patterns of adherence to traditional christian beliefs and practices that would make the conservative advocates of the america was founded as a christian nation narrative happy. The historical record from the foregoing quotes from past presidents, leaders, congressmen, jurists and court decisions, seems firmly on the side of those claiming that america was born and maintained as a christian nation whose laws, morals, and customs derive from christian (and jewish) scriptures. The phrase as the government of the united states of america is not in any sense founded on the christian religion, is followed by a comma indicating that the preceding dependent phrase is.
Of course, there are hints that america is a christian nation holmes, faiths of the founding fathers, pp 47, 65 fea, was america founded as a christian nation, pp 131-33, 136. Wallbuilders is an organization dedicated to presenting america's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which america was built - a foundation which, in recent years, has been seriously attacked and undermined. Was america founded as a 'christian' nation die gartenlaube (1876) 445 (photo credit: wikipedia) during the presidential campaign of 1880, the christian union made the startling admission that, of the nineteen men who, up to that time, had held the office of president of the united states, not one, with the possible exception of washington, had ever been a member of a christian church.
Our nation's history provides overwhelming evidence that america was birthed upon judeo-christian principles the first act of america's first congress in 1774 was to ask a minister to open with. Virtually 100% of those living in america at the time of its founding were adherents of the judeo-christian tradition the united states was founded by christians, for christians, and on the foundation of christianity. The debate continues here's the truth featured blogs behind the lens renewing america american dispatch.