This is Historian David Barton. Long talk...but a really, really good historial overview containing good history lessons about the nature of history in general, God's providence in history, the role of Scripture in early America, and some vewy vewy (Elmer Fudd voice!) interesting information concerning the faith of the founding fathers, particularly Thomas Jefferson. Seriously...WORTH sitting down and watching the whole thing. Perfect for July 4th! :)
“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
“We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writing, that ‘except the Lord building the House they labour in vain that building it.’…I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business…”
--Ben Franklin, 1787
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.”
--Patrick Henry, 1787
“The highest story of the American Revolution is this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”
--President John Adams
“Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally—I do not mean figuratively, but literally—impossible for us to figure what that loss would be if these teachings were removed. We would lose all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals; all the standards towards which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves. “
--President Theodore Roosevelt
“The fundamental basis of this nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis for our Bill of Rights comes form the teaching we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasis that enough these days."
--President Harry. S. Truman
“The choice before us is plain, Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration. I am rather tired of hearing about our rights and privileges as American citizens. The time is come, and now is, when we ought to hear about he duties and responsibilities of our citizenship. America’s future depends upon demonstrating God’s government."
--Peter Marshall, Chaplain , U.S. Senate, 1947-1949
“In God We Trust!” – On every piece of paper money in your pocket! :)
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!” –Psalm 33:12