Originally posted by RJHinds
Quotes from the American founding fathers about God, the Bible and
"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this - that it connected, in
one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of
Christianity." - John Quincy Adams
"The Bible is the cornerstone of liberty. A student's perusal of the sacre ...[text shortened]... wampbubbles.com/bubble/quotes-from-our-founding-fathers-god-and-america
you do realize that jefferson had personal 'edited' version of the bible, right? that he was an ardent deist and not a christian?
and that adams believed in nature's god?
here's an adams quote you neglected:
"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole cartloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity."
and how about these gems from james madison?
"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."
"The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries."
franklin also a non-christian. probably a deist here as well.
"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."
"The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."
"If we look back into history for the character of the present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practiced it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England blamed persecution in the Romish Church, but practiced it upon the Puritans. They found it wrong in Bishops, but fell into the practice themselves both here (England) and in New England."
george washington was a superficial 'christian' at best, he never once mentions christ and there exist claims by his contemporaries that he was a non-believer.
lovely and accurate quote by thomas paine.
"Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half of the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind."
paine has many gems.
"Take away from Genesis the belief that Moses was the author, on which only the strange belief that it is the word of God has stood, and there remains nothing of Genesis but an anonymous book of stories, fables, and traditionary or invented absurdities, or of downright lies."
"We do not admit the authority of the church with respect to its pretended infallibility, its manufactured miracles, its setting itself up to forgive sins. It was by propagating that belief and supporting it with fire that she kept up her temporal power."
very astute observations.