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Is The United States A Christian Nation?

Written by | July 19th, 2010

For many years there has been a debate in The United States as to whether or not we are a Christian nation. While there are many different opinions, there may not be a definitive answer to that question…

For example, The 1st Amendment of The United States Constitution contains these words:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; …”

Therefore, it is pretty clear, The Federal Government can not establish any religion for The United States. However, traditionally, in The United States, this amendment also meant not prohibiting the states from making their own laws and decisions as it related to matters of faith.

These words are from Article 6 (clause 3) of The United States Constitution:

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

Which basically allows for all United States citizens to serve in public office regardless of their religious beliefs etc.

Thomas Jefferson, in his studies, discovered what he referred to as The Ancient Principles: The Ancient Israelites, under Moses, created the earliest recorded form of representative government, which our founders also referred to as People’s Law. These same principles were later used by The Anglo-Saxons, in the early years of England’s history. These principles helped lay the foundation for The United States Constitution, and were highly influential to Jefferson, as he wrote The Declaration of Independence.

Therefore, it is irrefutable: The United States’ Republican form of government is based on principles derived from The Old Testament of The Bible. Thus, the foundation of The United States of America, most certainly, was built on Judeo-Christian principles. And, our founders, by in large, were very much of The Judeo-Christian faith – which is confirmed, over and over, by their written words and speeches.

Below is David Barton, historian and founder of Wallbuilders, giving a lecture (America a Christian nation?) from Intouch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. His lecture is extremely informative for those who are interested in the founders of The United States; and more specifically, how our great country has been shaped by Judeo-Christian principles.


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One thought on “Is The United States A Christian Nation?

  1. markross Post author

    In his 1833, "Commentaries of The Constitution," Associate Supreme Court Justice, Joseph Story (who was appointed by President James Madison), wrote the below words:

    § 1873. "It was under a solemn consciousness of the dangers from ecclesiastical ambition, the bigotry of spiritual pride, and the intolerance of sects, thus exemplified in our domestic, as well as in foreign annals, that it was deemed advisable to exclude from the national government all power to act upon the subject. The situation, too, of the different states equally proclaimed the policy, as well as the necessity of such an exclusion. In some of the states, episcopalians constituted the predominant sect; in others, presbyterians; in others, congregationalists; in others, quakers; and in others again, there was a close numerical rivalry among contending sects. It was impossible, that there should not arise perpetual strife and perpetual jealousy on the subject of ecclesiastical ascendancy, if the national government were left free to create a religious establishment. The only security was in extirpating the power. But this alone would have been an imperfect security, if it had not been followed up by a declaration of the right of the free exercise of religion, and a prohibition (as we have seen) of all religious tests. Thus, the whole power over the subject of religion is left exclusively to the state governments, to be acted upon according to their own sense of justice, and the state constitutions…"

    The above commentary, which came from one of our earliest Supreme Court Justices, makes it abundantly clear, that matters of faith were left solely to the states and to the people. And, not even The Supreme Court of The United States had a constitutional role in these matters!


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