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Fact: The claim that America has a distinct Christian heritage does not mean that every American is now or ever was a Christian. Moreover, it does not mean that either Church or State should force people to profess belief in Christianity or attend religious services. Furthermore, a belief in a Christian heritage for America does not mean that non-Christians, and for that matter, dissenting Christians, cannot hold contrary opinions in a climate of a general Christian consensus. An honest study of America’s past will show that a majority of Americans shared a common religion and ethic. America’s earliest founders were self-professing Christians and their founding documents expressed a belief in a Christian worldview.
Fact: John Winthrop’s sermon aboard Arabella in 1630 states in part: “For persons, we are a Company professing ourselves fellow members of Christ…For work we have in hand, it is by a mutual consent through a special overruling providence, and a more than an ordinary approbation of Churches of Christ to seek out a place of Cohabitation of Consortship under a due form of Government both civil and ecclesiastical…”
Fact: In 1892, Supreme Court declared, in case of The Church of Holy Trinity vs. United States, that America was a Christian nation from earliest days. After examining a full range of historical documents, Associate Justice David J. Brewer concluded that Americans are “a religious people. This is historically true. From discovery of this continent to present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation.” In 1931, Supreme
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Court Justice George Sutherland reviewed 1892 decision and reaffirmed that Americans are a “Christian people.” As late as 1952 Supreme Court was affirming and reaffirming this fact.
I thought you might like some facts to help you reach your own conclusion about America’s religious heritage. The facts are there. They’re overwhelmingly in support of notion that America was founded on principles of Holy Scripture. What say you?
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