Is This Really a Christian Nation?
I guess I should save, is this a nation founded on Christianity?
There are many people, like William Buckingham, who say things like
that. But is it true?
Not if we were to read anything our "founding fathers" wrote. I mean,
I can't think of a single "father" who like a particular brand of
Christianity (sect), or even Christianity in general.
What follows is a collection of quotes that may start to make it clear
that the "Founding Fathers" wanted to form this country on
enlightened ideals where any religion has no business in the
So… anyone have any more?
BTW: I took all of these from the book, Flock of Dodos, which I found
to be a "riotous good romp for smugly superior people". I highly recommend it.
I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and
do not find in our particular superstition one redeeming feature. They are all
alike, founded upon fables and mythologies.
Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and
irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. I had
hoped that liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled the
Christians so that their religious fights would not endanger the peace of
How has it happened that millions of myths, fables, legends and tales have
been blended with Jewish and Christian fables and myths and have made them the
most bloody religion that has ever existed? Filled with the sordid and
detestable purposes of superstition and fraud?
Note: In the following quote, Deist is the concept of believing in a Force or
God behind the universe, but which is not active in human affairs.
This is certainly not Christianity.
Some volumes against deism fell into my hands. They were said to be the
substance of sermons preached at Boyle's Lecture. It happened that they
produced on me an effect precisely the reverse of what was intended by the
writers; for the arguments of the Deists, which were cited in order to be
refuted, appealed to me much more forcibly than the refutation itself. In a
word, I soon became a thorough Deist.
Also, Benjamin Franklin wrote a lot in his autobiography about how much he
dislike his particular "sect", and wish the preacher would preach more morals
and less Christianity. Need to get this quote, too.)
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish†† He obviously meant, Muslim ,
appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave
mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
There are in this country, as in all others, a certain proportion of restless
and turbulent spirits-- poor, unoccupied, ambitious-- who must always have
something to quarrel about with their neighbors. These people are the authors
of religious revivals.
--John Quincy Adams
My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and
the human origin of the scriptures have become clearer and stronger with
advancing years and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them.
Tell others about this article: