Were America’s Founding Fathers Christian?

No, as evidenced by the following:

One of the more interesting chapels we had at Master’s was done by one of the history professors about the religious beliefs of some of the Founding Fathers (a subject on which he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation). He argued that while they weren’t necessarily strict deists, they were far from Christian, and they tended to use generic God-words rather than actually recognising the true God. He dubbed them theistic rationalists. They also believed that religion in general was a good idea because it gave people a moral foundation that without society would fall apart. This is the list he gave us:

John Adams

In his diary in February 1786, he stated that the deity of Christ and the atonement are absurdities.
In 1813, in a letter to Jefferson, he denied the Trinity.
In September of 1813, in a letter to Jefferson, he said that were he on Mt. Sinai with Moses, faced with the Shekinah with God and told by God Himself that the trinity is a true doctrine, he would affirm it only to save his life, but in his heart of hearts he would find it impossible to believe.
In December of 1813, in a letter to Jefferson, he stated that the Bible cannot supersede philosophy.
In 1814, in a letter to Jefferson, he wrote that the Fall is either allegorical or bad tradition.
In 1807, in a letter to Benjamin Rush, he wrote that he reveres the Bible insofar as it is a republican document.
In December of 1813, in a letter to Jefferson, he wrote that all of mankind will find salvation through works.
In 1820, he wrote to Samuel Miller that all good men are Christians.

Thomas Jefferson

In 1820, he wrote to Jared Sparks that the trinity is merely polytheism.
In 1821, he wrote to Thomas Pickering that the trinity is incomprehensible.
In 1822, he wrote to James Smith that the trinity is hocus-pocus phantasm.
In 1823, he wrote to John Adams that the virgin birth is like Greek myth.
In 1803, he wrote to Benjamin Rush that he likes Jesus’ doctrines, but denies his deity.
In 1787, he wrote to Peter Carr that the NT authors only pretended to inspiration.
In 1820, he wrote to William Short that Paul corrupted Christianity.
In 1814, he wrote to Miles King that salvation is universal — all paths lead to Heaven.
In 1813, he wrote to William Camby that works gain entrance to Heaven.

B. Franklin

In 1790, he wrote to F. Stiles that he has never studied the deity of Christ, but he doubts it, and soon enough he will find out for certain anyway, so he had no intention of doing so. He also wrote that he has never opposed any doctrines of any of the churches in Philadelphia, giving money to them all, and so that is enough.

George Washington

He never claimed Christianity.
On March 3, 1779, he was confronted by a group to profess Christianity — he refused.
He never took communion, and after being chastised for this from the pulpit, he ceased to attend church on Sacrament Sundays.
In 1787, he wrote to LaFayette that he indulges the professors of Christianity, that their road will get them to Heaven — he only ever wrote of Christianity in the third person.
In 20,000 documents of Washington’s, there is only one mention of Christ, and that not in his handwriting but his clerk’s (who wrote his speeches for him, and he often did mention Christ, but Washington crossed it out and replaced it with a generic God-term).
Isaac Potts, the man who was to have seen Washington on his knees in prayer in Valley Forge was no where near Valley Forge at that time (by his own admission) — this was a story created by Parson Weams, the man who wrote Washington’s hagiography.
Bishop White said there was never any evidence for Washington being a Christian.
The Reverend Samuel Miller asked how a Christian could never mention Christ or the hope within him.
George Washington was a proud Freemason — his favourite portrait of himself was of him in his masonic regalia. He laid the capstone of D.C. with a masonic trowel while wearing masonic regalia. He was the master of the Alexandrian Lodge. Freemasonry is not in any way, shape, or form compatible with Christianity — there is no way to be both.

The Declaration of Independence appeals to nature and reason and speaks in general and vague terms. The Constitution is godless (a complaint of the Anti-Federalists). The Convention never mentioned the Bible. The Federalist Papers used God-words.

John Adams’ and Thomas Jefferson’s primary religious influence was Joseph Priestly — who wrote a book about the corruptions of Christianity (i.e., the atonement, deity of Christ, etc.). When they did write of Jesus, they never called him Jesus Christ, but only ever Jesus of Nazareth — to emphasise his humanity and their lack of belief in his deity.”

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/the-united-states-of-america.47284/page-2, Comment 33


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