America: Built On Christianity? By: Hannah Allen

Historical Documents

Proof in Historical Documents

Although America is a free country and no religion is denied, we still see this great countries roots founded in Christianity. As we saw on June 6, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt says a prayer that many of us know today as the D-Day prayer. During this prayer he calls upon the lord for his strength for our troops, our country, and so much more.

Bible societies in America date back to 1809 when Declaration Signer Benjamin Rush helped establish the first Bible society in America. By 1816, 121 more Bible societies had been started across the nation, many of them with the help of key Founding Fathers. The American Bible Society, founded in 1816, was the first national Bible society. The original officers of the Society included: signers of the U. S. Constitution, revolutionary generals, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, a U.S. Attorney General, a U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, state governors, and others.

Before the American Revolution, the only English Bibles in the colonies were imported either from Europe or England. Publication of the Bible was regulated by the British government, and required a special license. Robert Aitken's Bible was the first known English-language Bible to be printed in America, and also the only Bible to receive Congressional approval. Aitken's Bible, sometimes referred to as "The Bible of the Revolution," is one of the rarest books in the world, with few copies still in existence today.

Historical Sermons

Proof in Historical Sermons

Joseph Eckley,1750-1811, graduated from Princeton in 1772. He was the pastor of the Old South Church in Boston beginning in 1779. Eckley was an original member of the Society for Propagating the Gospel Among the Indians. (This Society is discussed in WallBuilders' book The Jefferson Lies.)

On May 5, 1868, Major General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic set aside May 30th as Decoration Day to commemorate fallen soldiers by adorning their graves with flowers. General Logan’s order declared: “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance....Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”

John Mitchell Mason (1770-1829) was a minister from New York. He received a doctor of divinity degree from Princeton University in 1794 and was a pastor of two churches in New York City during his lifetime. Mason founded the first seminary of the Associate Reformed Church, in New York City (1804), was president of Dickinson College (1821-1824), and was a trustee (1795-1811) and provost of Columbia College (1811-1816).

Historical Writings

Proof in Historical Writings

John Gorham Palfrey (1796-1881) graduated from Harvard in 1815. He was preacher at the Brattle Square Unitarian Church in Boston beginning in 1818, was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1842-1843), MA secretary of state (1844-1848), and a Representative in the U.S. Congress (1847-1849).

This oration was given by Ira Barton on July 4, 1822 at Oxford. Barton, being a Christian, wrote from a Christian point of view. The oration brings up the "Christian God" many times through out the document, acknowledging that he is the ultimate authority that we as a nation are built on.

Today's critics assert that Christians should not be involved with politics or government, and especially that ministers should not be involved. Such opposition is not new. In fact, two centuries ago, Founding Father John Witherspoon delivered a sagacious rebuttal to these same objections.

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