First, one must dispose of the idea that the founding fathers were "Christians". Most were theists or unitarians and only one (Roger Sherman) was a professing Christian. So, the idea of "Bible" in government wasn't much of a concern for them. There was an overall, universal acceptance of basic Christian beliefs which are found in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, etc. No matter what quotes the revisionists find, there is overwhelming evidence that almost all of the founding fathers believed in the Judeo-Christian Diety and were members of established churches even though some made statements that were critical of organized religion. Here is a list of the religious affiliations of all the men who helped create and signed the three most important documents establishing the United States of America: *Signers of the Declaration of Independence *Charles Carroll Maryland Catholic *Samuel Huntington Connecticut Congregationalist *Roger Sherman Connecticut Congregationalist *William Williams Connecticut Congregationalist *Oliver Wolcott Connecticut Congregationalist *Lyman Hall Georgia Congregationalist *Samuel Adams Massachusetts Congregationalist *John Hancock Massachusetts Congregationalist *Josiah Bartlett New Hampshire Congregationalist *William Whipple New Hampshire Congregationalist *William Ellery Rhode Island Congregationalist *John Adams Massachusetts Congregationalist; Unitarian *Robert Treat Paine Massachusetts Congregationalist; Unitarian *George Walton Georgia Episcopalian *John Penn North Carolina Episcopalian *George Ross Pennsylvania Episcopalian *Thomas Heyward Jr. South Carolina Episcopalian *Thomas Lynch Jr. South Carolina Episcopalian *Arthur Middleton South Carolina Episcopalian *Edward Rutledge South Carolina Episcopalian *Francis Lightfoot Lee Virginia Episcopalian *Richard Henry Lee Virginia Episcopalian *George Read Delaware Episcopalian *Caesar Rodney Delaware Episcopalian *Samuel Chase Maryland Episcopalian *William Paca Maryland Episcopalian *Thomas Stone Maryland Episcopalian *Elbridge Gerry Massachusetts Episcopalian *Francis Hopkinson New Jersey Episcopalian *Francis Lewis New York Episcopalian *Lewis Morris New York Episcopalian *William Hooper North Carolina Episcopalian *Robert Morris Pennsylvania Episcopalian *John Morton Pennsylvania Episcopalian *Stephen Hopkins Rhode Island Episcopalian *Carter Braxton Virginia Episcopalian *Benjamin Harrison Virginia Episcopalian *Thomas Nelson Jr. Virginia Episcopalian *George Wythe Virginia Episcopalian *Thomas Jefferson Virginia Episcopalian (Deist) *Benjamin Franklin Pennsylvania Episcopalian (Deist) *Button Gwinnett Georgia Episcopalian; Congregationalist *James Wilson Pennsylvania Episcopalian; Presbyterian *Joseph Hewes North Carolina Quaker, Episcopalian *George Clymer Pennsylvania Quaker, Episcopalian *Thomas McKean Delaware Presbyterian *Matthew Thornton New Hampshire Presbyterian *Abraham Clark New Jersey Presbyterian *John Hart New Jersey Presbyterian *Richard Stockton New Jersey Presbyterian *John Witherspoon New Jersey Presbyterian *William Floyd New York Presbyterian *Philip Livingston New York Presbyterian *James Smith Pennsylvania Presbyterian *George Taylor Pennsylvania Presbyterian *Benjamin Rush Pennsylvania Presbyterian *Signers of the Articles of Confederation *Daniel Carroll Maryland Catholic *Andrew Adams Connecticut Congregationalist *Richard Hutson South Carolina Congregationalist *Samuel Adams Massachusetts Congregationalist *Josiah Bartlett New Hampshire Congregationalist *William Ellery Rhode Island Congregationalist *John Hancock Massachusetts Congregationalist *Samuel Huntington Connecticut Congregationalist *Roger Sherman Connecticut Congregationalist *Oliver Wolcott Connecticut Congregationalist *Thomas Heyward Jr. South Carolina Episcopalian *John Penn North Carolina Episcopalian *Francis Lightfoot Lee Virginia Episcopalian *Richard Henry Lee Virginia Episcopalian *Francis Lewis New York Episcopalian *Elbridge Gerry Massachusetts Episcopalian *John Banister Virginia Episcopalian *James Duane New York Episcopalian *Edward Langworthy Georgia Episcopalian *Gouverneur Morris New York Episcopalian *Nicholas Van Dyke Delaware Episcopalian *Robert Morris Pennsylvania Episcopalian *Cornelius Harnett North Carolina Episcopalian (Deist) *John Dickinson Delaware Quaker; Episcopalian *Henry Laurens South Carolina Huguenot *John Hanson Maryland Lutheran *Thomas McKean Delaware Presbyterian *John Witherspoon New Jersey Presbyterian *John Walton Georgia Presbyterian *Nathaniel Scudder New Jersey Presbyterian *William Clingan Pennsylvania Protestant, denomination unknown *Joseph Reed Pennsylvania Protestant, denomination unknown *Daniel Roberdeau Pennsylvania Protestant, denomination unknown *Jonathan Bayard Smith Pennsylvania Protestant, denomination unknown *Francis Dana Massachusetts Protestant, denomination unknown *Samuel Holten Massachusetts Protestant, denomination unknown *James Lovell Massachusetts Protestant, denomination unknown *Henry Marchant Rhode Island Protestant, denomination unknown *John Collins Rhode Island Protestant, denomination unknown *Thomas Adams Virginia Protestant, denomination unknown *John Harvie Virginia Protestant, denomination unknown *John Mathews South Carolina Protestant, denomination unknown *William Henry Drayton South Carolina Protestant, denomination unknown *William Duer New York Protestant, denomination unknown *Titus Hosmer Connecticut Protestant, denomination unknown *Edward Telfair Georgia Protestant, denomination unknown *John Wentworth Jr. New Hampshire Protestant, denomination unknown *John Williams North Carolina Protestant, denomination unknown *Names of signers of the US Constitution *Daniel Carroll Maryland Catholic *Thomas Fitzsimons Pennsylvania Catholic *Roger Sherman Connecticut Congregationalist *Nathaniel Gorham Massachusetts Congregationalist *John Langdon New Hampshire Congregationalist *Nicholas Gilman New Hampshire Congregationalist *Abraham Baldwin Georgia Congregationalist; Episcopalian *William Samuel Johnson Connecticut Episcopalian; Presbyterian *James Madison Jr. Virginia Episcopalian *George Read Delaware Episcopalian *Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Maryland Episcopalian *David Brearly New Jersey Episcopalian *Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr. North Carolina Episcopalian *Robert Morris Pennsylvania Episcopalian *Gouverneur Morris Pennsylvania Episcopalian *John Rutledge South Carolina Episcopalian *Charles Cotesworth Pinckney South Carolina Episcopalian *Charles Pinckney South Carolina Episcopalian *Pierce Butler South Carolina Episcopalian *George Washington Virginia Episcopalian *Benjamin Franklin Pennsylvania Episcopalian (Deist) *William Blount North Carolina Episcopalian; Presbyterian *James Wilson Pennsylvania Episcopalian; Presbyteran *Rufus King Massachusetts Episcopalian; Congregationalist *Jacob Broom Delaware Lutheran *William Few Georgia Methodist *Richard Bassett Delaware Methodist *Gunning Bedford Jr. Delaware Presbyterian *James McHenry Maryland Presbyterian *William Livingston New Jersey Presbyterian *William Paterson New Jersey Presbyterian *Hugh Williamson North Carolina Presbyterian *Jared Ingersoll Pennsylvania Presbyterian *Alexander Hamilton New York Huguenot; Presbyterian; Episcopalian *Jonathan Dayton New Jersey Presbyterian; Episcopalian *John Blair Virginia Presbyterian; Episcopalian *John Dickinson Delaware Quaker; Episcopalian *George Clymer Pennsylvania Quaker; Episcopalian *Thomas Mifflin Pennsylvania Quaker; Lutheran *Name of Non-Signing Delegate State Religious Affiliation *Oliver Ellsworth Connecticut Congregationalist *Caleb Strong Massachusetts Congregationalist *John Lansing, Jr. New York Dutch Reformed *Robert Yates New York Dutch Reformed *William Houstoun Georgia Episcopalian *William Leigh Pierce Georgia Episcopalian *Luther Martin Maryland Episcopalian *John F. Mercer Maryland Episcopalian *Elbridge Gerry Massachusetts Episcopalian *George Mason Virginia Episcopalian *Edmund J. Randolph Virginia Episcopalian *George Wythe Virginia Episcopalian *James McClurg Virginia Presbyterian *William C. Houston New Jersey Presbyterian *William R. Davie North Carolina Presbyterian *Alexander Martin North Carolina Presbyterian
Which belief was generally held by the Founding Fathers at the Constitutional Convention in 1787
Most of the founding fathers of the USA held the belief that it was okay to have slaves and personal valets. They however made notable efforts to end slavery and have more rights to the former slaves.
Many of the founding fathers did believe in a higher power.A prominent belief amongst learned men in the Enlightenment Age was Deism. The belief in a higher power that has no say or interaction man's behavior beyond the extent of the creation of humans in the beginning of time.
Deism is a rational, naturalistic (non-revelatory) approach to belief in the Ultimarte Creator. A product of Humanism, many of the US Founding Fathers were Deists.
Many of the founding fathers were from England or had ancestors from England. At the time, England was having battles over religion. The Catholics and the Protestants hated each other and were more than willing to do battle over that fact. The King of England had established The "Church of England" as the national religion. The founding fathers recognized the error in that action and put into the constitution, "Congress shall make no laws establishing a religion..." or something close. They never wanted to STOP religion, nor did they ever say that states and municipalities couldn't post the 10 Commandments or in other ways support religious belief. They just didn't want the government to establish "The Church of the United States" as an alternate income source for the government.
The founding fathers intended to protect us from all the previous oppressive governments and societies. Contrary to popular belief they didn't give us a democracy (rule of many over a few), nor did they give is an oligarchy (rule of a few over many) they gave us a Republic (the Rule of law over all) Our supreme law being the Constitution which restrains the two and has certain processes for amending it which aren't easy because of the checks and balances that are instilled in the government. History shows the intent and purpose of our founding fathers. Contemporary logic is wrong whenever it contradicts the clear explanations of those men who wrote the Constitution... what people call a strict interpretation. As long as we keep a strict interpretation we keep our Republic, when we allow a loose interpretation we risk loosing the Republic and veering into oppressive government and/or society. ~DCSS The founding fathers intented the checks and balances system to be a three tiered cross check that gauranteed constant intra and inter oversight.
The founding fathers of the United States declared all men are created equal.They further declared men were endowed by their creator with the rights of life,liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.Answer:Thomas Jefferson declared himself to be a Deist. Others, such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine and perhaps George Washington, are believed to have been Deists but made no open declaration of religious belief.
The very first words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution shows the Founding Fathers' belief in democracy. "We the people" shows their interest in the well being of all citizens.
The first sentence of the Gettysburg Address states that eighty-seven years from that date, the Founding Fathers established the United States as an independent country, after winning the American Revolutionary War. The country was built on the belief that all men were created equal, and they refused to be subjugated by either a country or government.
The Founding Fathers were men with varied political and economic ideas and interests. They did not all agree on every facet of the Constitution or the purpose of government, or the power that government should have over the citizens. Many, like Patrick Henry, believed in more power for the states than the federal government. This came to be known as states' rights. Some, like Alexander Hamilton, did not believe the citizens should elect all the representatives of the government, and the executive should have more power than the other two branches of government. Most believed in the separation of powers and the division of government into the three branches, executive, legislative, and judicial. Most of the founders were familiar with the political and social ideas of John Locke and other European political and social philosophers. Most of the founders did not believe in pure democracy as an effective way to govern a nation. Thus, they developed the federalism, a separation of powers, and the representative system that enabled the government to function on a day to day basis and allowed the citizens to retain the major portion of power within the government via the ballot box and the Bill of Rights. MrV RAH!
a large republic offered the best protection of minority rights
No. Religion didn't play a role because the founding fathers had seen the results of religion in the relationship to government and the abuses that came with it. They wanted to insure that there was no state religion and that the laws were secular in nature to make sure all people were treated equally under the law. Most of the founding fathers were also repeatedly refused to be swayed by religious opinion, but directly challenged the right of the church to interfere with secular matters. The belief that the US was founded as a Christian nation is held by those who think it is in danger of coming under the influence of non-Christians. In fact, it never was a Christian nation except in the most literal sense that most of the people who came were Christians. Not one word is said about Christianity in the Constitution nor is it in the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration refers only to " nature's God."
jesus christ was the messiah
Jesus Christ was the messiah
Deism is a belief that there is a Creator, but that after the act of creation he took no further interest in his creation. The whole essence of Christianity, in all its forms, is that God is interested in our welfare and does intercede. Some of the Founding Fathers of the United States are believed to have been deists.
The reason for the American Revolutionary War was the belief that the British monarchy which ruled the American colonies was an oppressive and tyrannical government. Great sacrifices were made to obtain independence from that government. The Founding Fathers were very concerned about the possibility that the new government that they were creating would turn out to be another oppressive and tyrannical government, in which case all of their sacrifice would have been for nothing, and they might as well have remained subjects of the British crown. Therefore they placed safeguards in the constitution, to prevent that from happening, the most important of which is the Bill of Rights.
The main belief shared by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution is government by the people and for the people. This belief is the basis of the American government.
They say his fathers name. Some are for his spiritual belief in god
The government can't change one's belief
I would say Yes. If your "belief" breaks some existing law, the government can limit that belief. For example, if you believed (for religious reasons) in human sacrifice, the government would, of course, frown on that.
Andrew Carnegie expressed his belief in the Gospel of Wealth by donating millions to philanthropy and founding thousands of public libraries.