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Quotes On America's Foundation


"When the great and wise God had made the world, of all his creatures, it pleased him to choose man his Deputy to rule it: and to fit him for so great a charge and trust, he did not only qualify him with skill and power, but with integrity to use them justly." William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The Declaration of Independence (1776)

"We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun - let His Kingdom come!" Samuel Adams, 1776 speech, Governor of Massachusetts (1793-1797)

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!" Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia (1776 - 1779 and 1784 - 1786)

"To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."
"No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States - Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency."
"I readily join with you, that 'while just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government its surest support.'" George Washington, 1st President of the United States (1789-1797)

"I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth - that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that 'except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it.' I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel." Benjamin Franklin, Scientist and Statesman, speaking to the Constitutional Convention, 1787

"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence, were … the general principles of Christianity, in which all those sects were united, and the general principles of English and American liberty. Now I will avow, that I then believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature." John Adams, 2nd President of the United States (1797-1801)

"In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence ... laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity." John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States (1825-1829)

"That book [the Bible], sir, is the rock on which our republic rests." Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States (1829-1837)

"Our laws and institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise. And in this sense and to this extent, our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian." Illinois Supreme Court (1883) Richmond v. Moore

"These and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation." United States Supreme Court (1892) Holy Trinity Church v. The United States


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