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The Bible: Rock of Our Republic

“On June 8, 1845, President Andrew Jackson said that “the Bible is the rock on which our Republic rests.” Early Americans would almost universally agree that the religious, social, educational, and political life of America was primarily shaped by the Bible. Our states were colonized by people who desired to freely worship the God of the Bible; our schools were begun so that everyone would be able to read and understand the Bible for themselves; our universities were founded to train ministers who were knowledgeable of the Scriptures; our laws and constitutions were written based on Biblical ideas; and our founding fathers overwhelmingly had a Biblical worldview.” –Stephen McDowell, The Providence Foundation

The Christian Colonial Foundation of America
By William Einwechter / The Christian Statesman
As important as the Declaration of Independence, the War for Independence, and the Constitution were, and as important as men such as Adams, Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and Madison were, we should not look here for the foundations of the United States. No, the actual foundations of this nation were laid in the colonial period. It was during that era that the intentions of God for America were made explicit; it was during that period that the true moral, legal, and spiritual foundation of the nation were laid.

Patrick Henry A Reading from Patrick Henry for Independence Day
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
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When he spoke the word ‘liberty’ with an emphasis never given it before, his hands were open, and his arms elevated and extended; his countenance was radiant; he stood erect and defiant; while the sound of his voice and thesublimity of his attitude made him appear a magnificent incarnation of Freedom, and express all that can be acquired or enjoyed by nations and individuals invincible and free.

Was the American Revolution a Biblically Justified Act?
Some today contend that the American Revolution represented a complete violation of basic Biblical principles and embodied rebellion or a spirit of anarchy. They argue from Romans 13 that since government is of God, then all government decrees are to be obeyed as proceeding from God. Yet, this is only one of two theological interpretations of Romans 13—interpretations representing a debate that has existed among American Christians for centuries.

Freedom is Never Free
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured.

The Declaration and Constitution: Their Christian Roots
Written by Kerby Anderson / Probe Ministries
Many are unaware of the writings and documents that preceded these great works and the influence of biblical ideas in their formation. In the first two sections of this article, I would like to examine the Declaration of Independence. Following this, we’ll look at the Constitution.

The Works of John Locke
John Locke was widely read by the time of the American Revolution – and his influence is clearly seen in the words of the Declaration of Independence and in the overall ideas about government held by Americas Founding Fathers. Seventy years earlier in England, however, Locke was charged with sedition for his writings (including the Second Treatise) and fled to France.

A Celebration of Independence Day
By Marcia G. Phyfer
Majestic photos, music, founding documents, and Scripture praising the Author and Keeper of our land, God, Bless America. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
[Please wait for the page to load all of the photos and graphics — it’s worth it.]

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
Library of Congress

Religion in Eighteenth-Century America
Challenges the notion that religion was in decline during this period concentrating on the nation’s first major religious revival, the Great Awakening, 1740-45.

Religion and the American Revolution
Illustrates the contribution of religious leaders and religious ideas to the coming of the War of Independence.

Religion and the Congress of the Confederation
Examines the policies of America’s first national government toward religion, 1774-89.

Religion and the State Governments
Illuminates the policies of the revolutionary state governments toward religion, ranging from disestablishment in Virginia to multiple establishments in New England states.

Franklin’s Appeal for Prayer at the Constitutional Convention, 1787
Although authorized by the Congress of the Confederation, the Constitutional Convention of 1787 was nevertheless cloaked with secrecy and confidentiality.

George Washington’s Farewell Address
As you read Washington’s closing thoughts at the end of his second administration, notice the principles that apply to all government, at all times.

The Importance of Morality and Religion in Government
Various quotations on various subjects.

The Declaration of Independence
U.S. National Archives & Records Administration
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

The Founding Fathers’ View of Natural Law
By John Fielding / The Christian Statesman
In a letter to Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson specified the writings he considered basic sources for the ideas contained in the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson stated as follows.

Federal Constitution, Product of a Christian Ethos
By Andrew Sandlin / The Christian Statesman
What we really observe in the late 18th century is a slice of a period of great theological transition from orthodox Calvinism to generic Christian orthodoxy to Enlightenment rationalism to pantheistic Transcendentalism to mechanistic naturalism to secular humanism. I pinpoint the founding somewhere between Christian orthodoxy and Enlightenment rationalism.

The Articles of Confederation
Nov. 15, 1777

Original Text Of The Federalist Papers
The Library of Congress
A list of The 85 titles. Use ‘Search’ to find the original text.

U.S. National Archives & Records Administration

We the people of the United States… do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

John Adams
“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” — John Adams

U.S. National Archives
Amendments 1-10 of the Constitution

Other Amendments
U.S. National Archives
Amendments 11-27 of the Constitution

Homes of the Founding Fathers

George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Patrick Henry’s Red Hill
James Madison’s Montpelier
Noah Webster’s Home

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