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Did the founding fathers of the United States have a very negative opinion about Christianity and God.

If you say yes why? What source do you use to back this up? What do you consider to be a "very negative opinion" ?

How many do you consider to be a founding father?

What/Who do you consider to be a founding father?

What was the religious make up of those that signed the declaration of independence? What was the religious make up of the first congress?

Can you give a credible source?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:25 PM on May. 16, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (15)
  • some of the 1787 delegates to the Constitutional Convention had no affiliation. 28 were Episcopalian (Church of England before the Revolution), 8 were Presbyterians, 7 were Congregationalists, 3 were Roman Catholic, 2 were Lutherans, 2 were Dutch Reformed, & 2 were Methodists.
    Frank Lambert. The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America. (Princeton, NJ> Princeton University Press, 2003).

    Declaration of Independence
    13 Episcopalians, 11 Presbyterians, 11 Congregationalists, 3 Deists, 2 Anglicans, 1 Roman Catholic, 1 Quaker, 1 Unitarian, and 13 Unknowns.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 12:47 AM on May. 17, 2010

  • popcorn...

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:27 PM on May. 16, 2010

  • The pilgrims were Christians fleeing Europe in order to escape religious persecution, and they literally began their stay in their new land with the words, “In the name of God, Amen.”
    neebug3766

    Answer by neebug3766 at 11:28 PM on May. 16, 2010

  • The majority of the signers of the declaration were Christians. Read for yourself: http://www.adherents.com/gov/Founding_Fathers_Religion.html
    neebug3766

    Answer by neebug3766 at 11:30 PM on May. 16, 2010

  • The Founding Fathers were for the most part strong Christians. Wallbuilders.com gives good accruate info.
    higherboundmom

    Answer by higherboundmom at 11:32 PM on May. 16, 2010

  • The Founding Fathers of the United States were the political leaders who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 or otherwise took part in the American Revolution in winning American independence from Great Britain, or who participated in framing and adopting the United States Constitution in 1787-1788, or in putting the new government under the Constitution into effect.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:45 PM on May. 16, 2010



  • Warren G. Harding, then a Republican Senator from Ohio, coined the phrase "Founding Fathers" in his keynote address to the 1916 Republican National Convention. He used it several times thereafter, most prominently in his 1921 inaugural address as President of the United States.[4
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:45 PM on May. 16, 2010

  • Not trying to start any problems, but some of the founding fathers were Christians, while a large majority believed in a god, not necessarily the Christian concept. Many like Ben Franklin believed in what theologians call the deist clockwork theory. This theory is also a theory one time sponsored by the free-masons. This theory states that their god is all powerful and made everything but once made he sits back and watches with little to no interaction. The reason it is called the clockwork theory it was believed that God set the universe up in motion by winding it up similar to a clock and eventually the clock will come unwound, thus end of universe. One main reason the idea of separation of church and state came about was not just to protect churches from the government as people see it means today but also to protect the government from churches. In example the Church of England at the time had influence on the English con
    preacherskid

    Answer by preacherskid at 11:59 PM on May. 16, 2010

  • cont....
    government. Please note I am not saying that all the founding father's were deist but some were. The main one that comes to mind is Ben Franklin, who admits in his biography that he really didn't believe in the traditional concept of sin, but instead like most deist believed in errata, just different errors people make in their own personal lives that have a personal effect. He is also the one who coined "god helps those who help themselves". With that I say goodnight---

    please note: reason I did not capitalize the word god is because it wasn't always referring to God.
    preacherskid

    Answer by preacherskid at 12:04 AM on May. 17, 2010

  • I have examined all the known superstitions of the Word, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike, founded on fables and mythology. Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the world ...

    The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind ... to filch wealth and power to themselves. [They], in fact, constitute the real Anti-Christ.
    Thomas Jefferson letter to William Short



    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 12:17 AM on May. 17, 2010