What religions were the founding fathers?
Answer Denominations of Founding Fathers
All have been either Deists or Christian. Many people falsely
believe that most of the Founding Fathers were Christian. They cite
long lists of statistics and religious denominations, claiming only
1.9% were non-Christian. This is false. The problem lies in that
many of the Founding Fathers were born into Christian families and
through some way or another, left the Christian faith. Some have
been accused of being atheists, and others held Unitarian
George Washington was a Deist, saying, ""Religious controversies
are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds
than those which spring from any other cause. I had hoped that
liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled the
Christians so that their religious fights would not endanger the
peace of Society." - Letter to Sir Edward Newenham, June 22,
When he died, the minister of his Church stated very plainly, "Sir,
he was a Deist."
John Adams was a Unitarian. He once stated, "The divinity of Jesus
is made a convenient cover for absurdity."
Thomas Jefferson was a Deist. "Millions of innocent men, women, and
children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned,
tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch
toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make
one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites." - Notes
"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the
Supreme Being as His father, in the womb of a virgin will be
classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of
Jupiter." - Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823
James Madison was a Deist. He once said, "What influence, in face,
have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some
instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the
ruins of the civil authority; on many instances they have been seen
upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have
they been guardians of the liberties of the people."
James Monroe was a Deist. John Quincy Adams was a Unitarian.
While not a Founding Father, Abraham Lincoln was a practical
Atheist. "My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian
scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures have
become clearer and stronger with advancing years, and I see no
reason for thinking I shall ever change them." Lincoln in a letter
to Judge J.S. Wakefield, after the death of Willie Lincoln
"He was an avowed and open infidel, and sometimes bordered on
Atheism...He went further against Christian beliefs and doctrines
and principles than any man I ever heard." John T. Stuart,
Lincoln's first law partner
It is not nearly as important what religion the Founding Fathers
held to, if any, as it is what their political ideology was.
Because of their desire for freedom of every man to his essential
rights and liberties, America has become the great country that it
America was not, however, founded on Christianity.
"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded
on the Christian religion." John Adams, Treaty of Tripoly, article