Study history for yourself and see the agreements, binding covenants that formed America such as the Mayflower Compact (1620)
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IT WAS A SLIGHTLY chilly april day in the year 1607 when
three tiny boats, scarcely bigger than twenty-first-century cabin
cruisers, appeared on the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean and sailed
toward the coastline of North America, where they dropped anchor
in deep water just offshore. One hundred twenty bone-weary English travelers then took their turns climbing down into long boats that deposited them onto the sandy beach.
After an agonizingly long journey during which the travelers
had been packed into their tiny vessels, they were intoxicated with
the feel of land under their feet and the scent of woods and flowers.
They scrambled up the adjoining sand dunes in search of wild
berries, fresh water, and firewood. The next three days were spent
in exploration and profuse apologies to one another for the contemptible attitudes many had displayed during their most trying
voyage. But they had come to settle a continent, not to beachcomb
on this point of land they named Cape Henry, after Henry, the son
of King James I of England.
On April 29, 1607, their spiritual leader, Reverend Robert Hunt,
Founding a Christian Nation
We, . . . Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the
Christian Faith, and the Honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do . . . solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick . . .
—Mayflower Compact (1620)
suggested they memorialize their landing in this New World. He directed that the seven-foot oak cross they had brought from Englandbe carried from one of the ships and planted firmly in the sand of what years later became the city of Virginia Beach, Virginia. These brave pioneer men and women then knelt in prayer around the rough-hewn cross and claimed this new land for the glory of God
and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Mayflower Compact (1620)
Was America founded
as a Christian Nation?
In BiteSizedTruth fashion, let me first cut to the chase on this question that has become in recent times a “controversial” question to even ask. Because this is BST I’m going to start by giving the answer to answer, then you can read as much of the rest of this series as you desire or do not desire.
The answer quite simply depends simply on 2 things:
- How you define a “Christian Nation”
- Who you ask the question.
Primarily, do you define “Christian Nation” as officially by the agreement of law a Nation declaring itself committed to a particular religion? In that case the answer was always “NO”.
The overall agreement of the founders clearly wanted no “official religion” to be declared and more importantly no particular religion to be enforced as official religion of the new country. In fact they were fleeing from such a government with an official “state religion” even though they themselves were FAR from secular as a society or group.
If on the other hand if you by “Christian Nation” you mean that
A) Most of the people of the country believed in a particular religions AND
B) The laws and culture of the country was based on a particular predominant religion adopted by most of the society…
Then the answer is absolutely, unquestionably, YES, America was in culture and in foundation-building-values a Christian Nation.
The 2nd thing to remember is the answer to this question will always depend on WHO you ask.
The answer will almost always reflect the “spin” they/we choose to put on it based on our own bias. Even the historical quotes will be “cherry picked” based on the point of view they/we wish to present.
Read more of this growing series to study some of our own “cherry picked” part of the United States history. At least this stuff is quite directly quoted and in solid context of the historical setting AND you will be reading it for yourself.
You can then go back to finding your favorite Christian/Atheist sources and get those “cherry’s” but remember the BST answer above:
1) How do they define “Christian Nation”
2) Who is answering the question.