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As many of you know it is my firm conviction that we have been
about the religious beliefs of our Founding Fathers. I will end my series
of articles on this subject with an article written by Mary Fairchild
quoting the Founders on the subject of Christianity.
Christian Quotes of the Founding Fathers
Founding Fathers - Quotes on Christianity, Faith, Jesus and
By Mary Fairchild
No one can deny that many of the founding fathers of the United
States of America were men of deep religious convictions based in the
Bible and their Christian faith in Jesus Christ. Of the 56 men who
signed the Declaration of Independence, nearly half (24) held seminary
or Bible school degrees.
These Christian quotes of the founding fathers will give you an
overview of their strong moral and spiritual convictions which helped
form the foundations of our nation and our government.
1st U.S. President
"While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and
soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher
duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it
should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of
--The Writings of Washington, pp. 342-343.
2nd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence
"Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for
their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by
the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in
conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice,
kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and
reverence toward Almighty God ... What a Eutopia, what a Paradise
would this region be."
--Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, Vol. III, p. 9.
"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence
were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then
believed, and now believe, that those general principles of
Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and
attributes of God."
--Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas
"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in
the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated
by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought
to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of
devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and
parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and
illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this
time forward forever."
--Adams wrote this in a letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 3,
3rd U.S. President, Drafter and Signer of the Declaration of
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a
nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a
conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the
Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?
Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that
His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of
fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may
become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no
attribute which can take side with us in that event."
--Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.
"I am a real Christian - that is to say, a disciple of the
doctrines of Jesus Christ."
--The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, p. 385.
1st Signer of the Declaration of Independence
"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of
each individual ... Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of
your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave,
and no man ought to take from us."
--History of the United States of America, Vol. II, p. 229.
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Unites States
"Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the
Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be
That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good
to his other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be
treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this.
These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion, and I
regard them as you do in whatever sect I meet with them.
As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly
desire, I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them
to us, is the best the world ever saw, or is likely to see;
But I apprehend it has received various corrupting changes, and I
have, with most of the present dissenters in England, some doubts as
to his divinity; though it is a question I do not dogmatize upon,
having never studied it, and think it needless to busy myself with it
now, when I expect soon an opportunity of knowing the truth with less
trouble. I see no harm, however, in its being believed, if that belief
has the good consequence, as probably it has, of making his doctrines
more respected and more observed; especially as I do not perceive,
that the Supreme takes it amiss, by distinguishing the unbelievers in
his government of the world with any peculiar marks of his
--Benjamin Franklin wrote this in a letter to Ezra Stiles,
President of Yale University on March 9, 1790.
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Father of the
"And as it is our duty to extend our wishes to the happiness of the
great family of man, I conceive that we cannot better express
ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world
that the rod of tyrants may be broken to pieces, and the oppressed
made free again; that wars may cease in all the earth, and that the
confusions that are and have been among nations may be overruled by
promoting and speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the
kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may be everywhere
established, and all people everywhere willingly bow to the sceptre of
Him who is Prince of Peace."
--As Governor of Massachusetts, Proclamation of a Day of Fast,
March 20, 1797.
4th U.S. President
"Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of
--America's Providential History, p. 93.
5th U.S. President
"When we view the blessings with which our country has been
favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of
handing them down unimpaired to our latest posterity, our attention is
irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then,
unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgments for these
blessings to the Divine Author of All Good."
--Monroe made this statement in his 2nd Annual Message to Congress,
November 16, 1818.
John Quincy Adams
6th U.S. President
"The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever
believes in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope
that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never
since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been
more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present
time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and
prosper till the Lord shall have made 'bare His holy arm in the eyes
of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the
salvation of our God' (Isaiah 52:10)."
--Life of John Quincy Adams, p. 248.
Founder of Pennsylvania
"I do declare to the whole world that we believe the Scriptures to
contain a declaration of the mind and will of God in and to those ages
in which they were written; being given forth by the Holy Ghost moving
in the hearts of holy men of God; that they ought also to be read,
believed, and fulfilled in our day; being used for reproof and
instruction, that the man of God may be perfect. They are a
declaration and testimony of heavenly things themselves, and, as such,
we carry a high respect for them. We accept them as the words of God
--Treatise of the Religion of the Quakers, p. 355.
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and United States
"I believe that there is one only living and true God, existing in
three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the same in
substance equal in power and glory. That the scriptures of the old and
new testaments are a revelation from God, and a complete rule to
direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. That God has foreordained
whatsoever comes to pass, so as thereby he is not the author or
approver of sin. That he creates all things, and preserves and governs
all creatures and all their actions, in a manner perfectly consistent
with the freedom of will in moral agents, and the usefulness of means.
That he made man at first perfectly holy, that the first man sinned,
and as he was the public head of his posterity, they all became
sinners in consequence of his first transgression, are wholly
indisposed to that which is good and inclined to evil, and on account
of sin are liable to all the miseries of this life, to death, and to
the pains of hell forever.
I believe that God having elected some of mankind to eternal life,
did send his own Son to become man, die in the room and stead of
sinners and thus to lay a foundation for the offer of pardon and
salvation to all mankind, so as all may be saved who are willing to
accept the gospel offer: also by his special grace and spirit, to
regenerate, sanctify and enable to persevere in holiness, all who
shall be saved; and to procure in consequence of their repentance and
faith in himself their justification by virtue of his atonement as the
only meritorious cause.
I believe a visible church to be a congregation of those who make a
credible profession of their faith in Christ, and obedience to him,
joined by the bond of the covenant.
I believe that the souls of believers are at their death made
perfectly holy, and immediately taken to glory: that at the end of
this world there will be a resurrection of the dead, and a final
judgement of all mankind, when the righteous shall be publicly
acquitted by Christ the Judge and admitted to everlasting life and
glory, and the wicked be sentenced to everlasting punishment."
--The Life of Roger Sherman, pp. 272-273.
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Ratifier of the U.S.
"The gospel of Jesus Christ prescribes the wisest rules for just
conduct in every situation of life. Happy they who are enabled to obey
them in all situations!"
--The Autobiography of Benjamin Rush, pp. 165-166.
"Christianity is the only true and perfect religion, and that in
proportion as mankind adopts its principles and obeys its precepts,
they will be wise and happy."
--Essays, Literary, Moral, and Philosophical, published in 1798.
"I know there is an objection among many people to teaching
children doctrines of any kind, because they are liable to be
controverted. But let us not be wiser than our Maker.
If moral precepts alone could have reformed mankind, the mission of
the Son of God into all the world would have been unnecessary. The
perfect morality of the gospel rests upon the doctrine which, though
often controverted has never been refuted: I mean the vicarious life
and death of the Son of God."
--Essays, Literary, Moral, and Philosophical, published in 1798.
Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Clergyman and President
of Princeton University
"While we give praise to God, the Supreme Disposer of all events,
for His interposition on our behalf, let us guard against the
dangerous error of trusting in, or boasting of, an arm of flesh ... If
your cause is just, if your principles are pure, and if your conduct
is prudent, you need not fear the multitude of opposing hosts.
What follows from this? That he is the best friend to American
liberty, who is most sincere and active in promoting true and
undefiled religion, and who sets himself with the greatest firmness to
bear down profanity and immorality of every kind.
Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple not to call him an enemy
of his country."
--Sermon at Princeton University, "The Dominion of Providence over
the Passions of Men," May 17, 1776.
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Ratifier of the U.S.
"I have carefully examined the evidences of the Christian religion,
and if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity I would
unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor. I can prove its truth as
clearly as any proposition ever submitted to the mind of man."
--Famous American Statesmen, p. 126.
Ratifier of the U.S. Constitution
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great
nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on
religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason
peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and
freedom of worship here."
--The Trumpet Voice of Freedom: Patrick Henry of Virginia, p. iii.
"The Bible ... is a book worth more than all the other books that
were ever printed."
--Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry, p. 402.
1st Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and President of the
American Bible Society
"By conveying the Bible to people thus circumstanced, we certainly
do them a most interesting kindness. We thereby enable them to learn
that man was originally created and placed in a state of happiness,
but, becoming disobedient, was subjected to the degradation and evils
which he and his posterity have since experienced.
The Bible will also inform them that our gracious Creator has provided
for us a Redeemer, in whom all the nations of the earth shall be
blessed; that this Redeemer has made atonement "for the sins of the
whole world," and thereby reconciling the Divine justice with the
Divine mercy has opened a way for our redemption and salvation; and
that these inestimable benefits are of the free gift and grace of God,
not of our deserving, nor in our power to deserve."
--In God We Trust.The Religious Beliefs and Ideas of the American
Founding Fathers, p. 379.
"In forming and settling my belief relative to the doctrines of
Christianity, I adopted no articles from creeds but such only as, on
careful examination, I found to be confirmed by the Bible."
--American Statesman Series, p. 360.
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