Chapter 2. Christian Beginnings in America. Is the United States a Christian nation?. “The study of Christian influence on American society and government generally suffers from two extremes.” It is overlooked. It is overdone. Why is overemphasizing the Christian influence dangerous?
Christian Beginnings in America
“The study of Christian influence on American society and government generally suffers from two extremes.”
“The United States is not now, nor has it ever been, a Christian nation.” page 16
How has Christianity shaped our social, political, and judicial systems?
Some of the earliest English settlers were Protestants who came to America to establish a place where they could worship God and live as they believed the Bible taught.
Purpose for Civil Government as stated in the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut:
“to mayntayn and presearve the liberty and purity of the gospell of our Lord Jesus which we now professe, as also the disciplyne of the Churches, which according to the truth of the said gospell is practised amongst us.”
How did the Bible pervade the society of the years leading up to the American Revolution?
The Great Awakening shaped the generation whose ideas and arms gave birth to the republic.
“The Protestant Reformation fathered much of the political and social thinking behind American independence.”
Although some or even many of the leaders during the War for Independence and the formation of the U.S. Constitution were not Christian, many were. All of them were shaped by a society greatly influenced by the Scriptures and Christian thinking.