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Were the Founders Religious?

Were the Founders Religious?

What did the Founding Fathers think regarding religious beliefs? Were they Christians, or simply deists? Did they count on secularism, or did they desire Americans to be spiritual? Joshua Charles, New York Times bestselling writer as well as scientist at the Museum of the Bible, describes. Donate today to Prager U! Joining Prager U is cost-free! Sign up currently to obtain all our video clips as quickly as they’re launched. Download Pragerpedia on your apple iphone or Android! Thousands of resources as well as realities within your reaches. apple iphone: Android: Join Prager United to obtain brand-new boodle every quarter, special very early accessibility to our video clips, as well as a yearly TownHall telephone call with Dennis Prager! Join Prager U’s message listing to have these video clips, cost-free product free gifts as well as damaging news sent out straight to your phone! Do you go shopping on Amazon? Click as well as a portion of every Amazon acquisition will certainly be contributed to Prager U. Same fantastic items. Same small cost. Shopping made purposeful. CHECK OUT Prager U! FOLLOW us! Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Prager U gets on Snapchat! SIGN UP WITH Prager REQUIRE! For Students: SgPaX. JOIN our Educators Network! Script:. What were the faiths of the Founding Fathers of the United States? There’s been a great deal of debate bordering this topic. But there should not be. Because of their importance, I will certainly go over George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson as well as Benjamin Franklin– our country’s initial 3 Presidents, as well as the guy described as “the First American”– every one of whom, also if some did not separately follow orthodox Christianity, were soaked in the Judeo-Christian custom. Here’s what we can claim for sure regarding their faiths. 1) All of the Founders counted on a transcendent God, that is, a Creator that exists beyond nature. 2) All the Founders counted on a God that enforces ethical responsibilities on people. 3) All the Founders counted on a God that penalizes negative actions as well as benefits etiquette in an immortality. The concept that any one of the Founders counted on an impersonal divine being that simply developed deep space and after that left it to itself is incorrect. All of them counted on a God that, as Franklin claimed at the Constitutional Convention, “regulates in the events of males.”. Let’s beginning with GeorgeWashington Washington’s works, both public as well as exclusive, contain referrals to theBible This is definitely real throughout his 8 years as the initial President of the UnitedStates Here is Washington at his initial Inaugural: “The fortunate smiles of Heaven can never ever be anticipated on a country that overlooks the timeless policies of order as well as right, which Heaven itself has actually blessed.” In all possibility, Washington was an orthodoxChristian Like Washington, Benjamin Franklin likewise referenced Bible knowledgeables, tales, as well as allegories throughout his life. His requires petition at the Constitutional Convention were normal of his perspective. Franklin, that had his very own unconventional sights, summarized his confidence by doing this: “That the spirit of guy is never-ceasing, as well as will certainly be treated with justice in an additional life appreciating its conduct in this.”. While the spiritual sights of Washington as well as Franklin are clear, those of John Adams as well as Thomas Jefferson are extra made complex. Adams described himself as a Christian throughout his life, yet did not count on conventional Christian teachings such as the trinity or the divinity ofJesus Nonetheless, previously, throughout as well as after his period as President, Adams continuously insisted his adoration for the Christian confidence: “Those basic Principles of Christianity are as timeless as well as unalterable as the Existence as well as Attributes of God,” he created. Likewise, Adams mentioned his fantastic regard for theBible “[T] he Bible is the very best publication worldwide. It includes even more of my … ideology than all the collections I have actually seen …” Those that recommend that Adams protested religious beliefs like to price quote from a letter he contacted Thomas Jefferson in which he claimed, “This would certainly be the very best of all feasible globes if there was no religious beliefs in it.”. For the full manuscript, check out
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Ageof Craccadillia - posted on January 31, 2019 3:00 pm

If you believe in the bible then yes it was founded by Lucifer angle of light prince and principalities tthe fallen the war in heaven. Druidic Canaanite Hollywood prince of the air

no one - posted on February 10, 2019 10:07 am

Yes the founding fathers were religions. however the values of america are secular values . The first amendment breaks 4 of the ten commandments. probating the government from having any bias against any religion including no religion . Also in the bible, it says that people should not question there ruler for he is chosen by god.

Fergus Moffat - posted on February 23, 2019 12:18 pm

Not surprised that left wingers don't respect the individual , they are athiests so the individual isn't scared , its so ironic leftwingers demanding civil right s , you cant have civil individual rights wihout , seing the individual as sovereign and you cant have that without the individual being scared and you cant have the sacred without god. Western society stands on the corpse of Christianity , once you get rid of god , the western liberalism cant exist, and that's what we see now , athetisic left wing communits gradually destroying American values , it will get worse until its gone

MeddlLoidr320 P - posted on February 25, 2019 5:21 pm

Let's not talk about Thomas Paine

Robert Reedy - posted on March 1, 2019 6:51 pm

Look at the establishment clause in the First Amendment.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

People have the right to practice religion, but there can't be an establishment of religion. So, according to the first amendment, this is not a "Christian Nation." I would say that it was largely influenced by Christian Deists.

Einzelganger - posted on March 3, 2019 9:19 pm

Christianity is the most perverted system ever shone on man. – Thomas Jefferson

Ans all the above were freemasons. Don't manipulate the facts.

Des Gardius 2012 - posted on March 25, 2019 4:49 pm

“This is the biggest sack of horse shit and only an EXTREME MORON would believe something this retarded. The VERY FIRST AMENDMENT of the constitution is based on the Separation of church and state. The paramount reason why the forefathers came to this country was for religious freedom. They listed it as their top goal in forming America. Matter of fact most of the fore fathers weren’t even Christian, but deist, atheist and agnostic. I could site thousands of quotes which piss on this lie from Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Paine, etc. but I shouldn’t need to, considering the reading of the constitution is a 4th grade curriculum requirement.”

—Charlotte from, on the claim that the US Constitution is a Christian based document

Akid Myself - posted on March 27, 2019 10:17 am

As soon as I see that a PragerU video has a religious subject, I know it's going to have more dislikes than most of their other videos.

PBR Streetgang - posted on March 27, 2019 9:36 pm

Are we religious? Or in anyway anymore connected with the truth and nature? Why in the name of God have we allowed homosexual marriage in this country?? Are we that much more intelligent than the Founders now. Or have we simply become full of ourselves? There's nothing 'Progressive' about it, it is actually regressive.

The Mysterious Na'vi - posted on April 2, 2019 3:13 am

I don’t know what to believe anymore!

The Political Wolf - posted on April 10, 2019 10:04 pm

Our first president was an atheist FACT

Doug Arters - posted on April 13, 2019 5:24 pm

Well done.

Ben Wetzel - posted on April 16, 2019 12:26 pm

Funny you don’t bring up Thomas Paine. Who hated Christianity and blamed it for most of humanity’s problems

Dave Santarella - posted on May 13, 2019 7:06 am

believing in a God doesnt make you christian. believing in Jesus makes you a Christian . these men were not christian. period. they denied the deity of Jesus.

Lewis Gaskins - posted on June 4, 2019 1:15 pm

None of these people believed in the divinity of Jesus.

Preston Blakeley - posted on June 6, 2019 7:16 pm

I'm a Christian and have studied a lot into the religious beliefs of these men… this video gets a lot of information wrong.

Bill Zlotopolski - posted on June 7, 2019 4:09 am

The first settlers in the new world, cane here to escape religious persecution. Religious freedom was the main reason they braved the harsh waters of the Atlantic to settle in the unchartered land known as America.

Sumaer Brar - posted on June 7, 2019 2:41 pm

Yes the founders were somewhat religious, however, they believed in the separation of church and state, meaning that the bible didn't rule the lives of colonists. That's what prompted the first amendment and future presidents to keep their religious affairs private. Proposing that they were very religious is a bit questionable, for a lot of them, such as Jefferson and Franklin, subscribed to deism, which acknowledged God's existence but put more power on human rationality.

Ward Huckabay - posted on June 9, 2019 1:04 am

I understand your intent, PragerU, but your claim is somewhat misguided in that it seems the founding fathers managed to create a secular society despite their religious backgrounds. Furthermore, Jefferson was the one who instigated the idea of separating the church and the state, fostering the idea that a Religiocracy wouldn't do. I'm not sure that it's helpful in any particular way to strongly assert that your country is historically religious, or even non-religious for that matter. Finally, whether they believed strongly or not, those beliefs do not substantiate the claim of a god existing or that the United States is rooted in Judeo-Christian values, as Josh seems to be suggesting.

Kiz Epic Journey - posted on June 11, 2019 7:52 pm

They were Deists. Anyone who isn't historically illiterate would know this.

Liberty Josh - posted on June 19, 2019 9:17 pm

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between
man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith
or worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that
act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State. Adhering to this expression
of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those

sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights,
convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties. -Thomas Jefferson

Jacob Iacullo - posted on June 28, 2019 6:05 am


yf777a - posted on June 29, 2019 3:49 am

This is true, however, to their shame the Founding Fathers did not let God through Jesus Christ by Holy Spirit inspiration form a zealous compassionate movement to abolish slavery. Yes, the nation; after a harsh human toll Civil War repented of slavery, then oppression by denying equal opportunity. And we should not overly dwell on this. But we have an elephant in the room predicated on the same lack of compassionate zeal to form a coalition to bring back the ideals of protecting helpless human beings from being murdered such as tiny babies, elderly, and sick. How far has this nation sunk when many with clever playing at heartstrings rhetoric exalt autonomy over self evident Creator inalienable principles the Declaration of Independence give us justifying brutal crimes against humanity can obtain/keep/expand influence and power?
The evidence of history shows that those, unlike the Founders of this nation who proclaim in some fashion that God and morality are mere humankind societal changeable precepts gradually gained influence in Christianity over a period of 170 years or so. This steam rolled more and more since around 1920. They sell a bland false enabling sin Christ to exalt autonomy over a true metanoia, teshuva in Hebrew. They always champion the underprivileged and promote a form of social justice changing from reasoned positions radical ones to form an emotionally charged narrative to gain promotion from the populace to obtain/keep/expand influence and/or power. In unprincipled fashion they flip (or show complacency) on any moral issue they perceive for prestige or influence and/or power.
Paul the Apostle said that they have a form of godliness by deny The Power of God to transform lives. Jeremiah wrote of white washed stones of false peace. Jesus Christ spoke of false piety, vain prayer, vain alms giving (championing the poor) lacking justice and mercy becoming white washed tombs full of all manner of corruption like vain glory to wallow in prestige. May we all let God continually transform each of us interiorly and be sincere witnesses of The Gospel and champions of the least among us to give Glory to our Heavenly Father by the Grace of Christ Jesus!
Various times and places in history mimic the historical human family state that Israel was in when Jesus Christ came as Suffering Servant. Now, our time in history, has a worldwide 'Roman Empire,' which in many ways has 'politically correct' peer pressure civility which does not stand up to this new world order. Instead of selling shekels & copper coins with no images worthy of Temple offerings at an uneven exchange rate for 'Roman' coins with images not worthy of Temple offerings; the money changers wax rich by buying up secular humanist dictatorship (or complacency toward) moral relativism culture of death 'coins.' This time is also analogous to the time of Neron (Nero) Caesar, whereby, impartially known to God some willingly bow down to this new 'Roman Empire' and receive his number. There must be a creative way to inform the faithful without sounding 'crazy' or 'alarmist' or 'conspiracy theorist.' We know the Holy Bible says that God's people die for lack of knowledge.

Kevin Meister - posted on June 30, 2019 10:55 am

They were FreeMasons

Dean Goberry - posted on July 18, 2019 5:48 pm

Adams was a dick, I don't like Federalists. Thomas Jefferson was an absolute freedom loving American.

Abdul Albaradei - posted on July 19, 2019 11:57 pm

You would not call them to Christian‘s today and that’s a fact they have their own beliefs of godNot the Christian God

Gavin the Great - posted on July 22, 2019 2:19 pm

"None of the Founding Fathers believed in a uninvolved God." Benjamin Franklin cough
Just because someone believes that God made us and left us alone to make our own decisions, hence God's gift of free will, does not mean they do not believe in the Virgin Mary or Jesus's heavenly power. God has the power to intervene for us, and we beg him to, but he does not because that would take the point out of life. If we can simply have the help of God in every instance than why work as hard? If we rely on intervention than we will just do some but not alot of our own work. That's a simply belief, and it is mine. I don't care if you agree but stop with the lie made about Benjamin Franklin. If someone is not the traditional Christian than so what. Also, Charles Carroll, Daniel Carroll and Thomas Fitzsimmons were the three only Roman-Catholic Founding Fathers. Stop dumbing down history.

Irish Mule69 - posted on July 23, 2019 5:39 pm

Read Thomas Paine's book "Age of Reason"… This guy is full of sh!t !!!!!! Read Thomas Jefferson's bible.. He wrote his own version of the bible…

Satan With A Fiddle - posted on August 2, 2019 4:58 am

Yeah they were so religious that they decided to enshrine the separation of church and state within the constitution.

Dimwits Advocate - posted on August 3, 2019 2:15 pm

If these quotes are correct, then it proves intelligent people can believe two opposing views at the same time. We the People in our entire history never respected the Constitution, and thus find ourselves in the mess we have today.
The USA wasn't founded on Christian principles.

America & the Constitution were founded in direct opposition to Judeo-Christian values.

Yahweh: Worship only me or else eternal torture. USA: Worship whoever you want.

Yahweh: Torture forever if they don't love me. USA: No cruel or unusual punishment.

Yahweh: Slavery ok & beat slaves ok. USA: No slavery (SECTION 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. ).

Yahweh: Can’t challenge authority (Rom 9:20). USA: Separation of Powers, Freedom of Speech.

The Constitution allows you to worship whoever you want. Those that take advantage of that freedom with Abrahamic Gods end up in hellfire if they make the wrong choice.

The Christians ignored the Constitution and obeyed the Bible by keeping slavery, etc.

Joseph Miller - posted on August 5, 2019 11:12 am

None of the Founders were "Orthodox" Christians. Eastern Orthodoxy primarily came to the Americas through St. Herman of Alaska in the late 18th century under Russia.

groudon 877 - posted on August 5, 2019 9:07 pm

You know probably they were religious who knows maybe not but even though they were maybe religious they still laid out in the Constitution Congress shall make no law establishing or prohibiting religion and blah blah blah

Leto Idaho - posted on August 11, 2019 9:24 am

What Bible verses did Benjamin Franklin recite to his members of the hellfire club or to all of the prostitutes in Philadelphia that he slept with?

Leto Idaho - posted on August 11, 2019 9:25 am

This university is full of shit as a Christmas turkey

video108video - posted on August 11, 2019 5:52 pm

Very, very misleading video which we might expect from PU. Regarding Thomas Jefferson, no he did not believe in a transcendent god who rewarded good or bad behavior and, like all Epicureans, he thought that morality comes from an innate sense within us (though of course not all people have it very strongly), and not from god, the bible, or any revealed source.

Trent H - posted on August 16, 2019 7:16 pm

What about Thomas Paine and the age of reason? He was a deist and disliked all organized religion

Filicon - posted on August 22, 2019 3:36 pm

separation of church and state was implemented by Putin, as we all know

Hans Olav Rækken Nordland - posted on September 4, 2019 3:08 pm

And there som of my respect for Prager U disapear.

Christopher Naughton - posted on September 12, 2019 1:08 pm

Steeped in the Judaeo Christian tradition? How about steeped in deism, unitarianism, freemasonry and rosicrucianism? Those seminal influences led them away from the classic "sin-redemption" Christianity cast in the First Great Awakening we are all too familiar with today towards what might be called the "Spiritual But Not Religious" movement that is growing and will grow more prominent as evangelicalism wanes.They were, largely, not religious men but undeniably spiritual. To quote Steven Waldman of "the Founders were me of unorthodox faith."

john phelan - posted on October 8, 2019 4:35 pm

It's ironic that,having (fairly) accused some who oppose his assertion of quote mining Adams,Charles then goes on to doctor the longer quote by inserting 'skeptics of religion' for what Adams actually wrote – "Bryant or Cleverly."The fanatics Adams is referring to were not religious skeptics.
One was his parish priest & the other he describes as a "biggoted episcopalian."

Galaxy Guy - posted on October 26, 2019 9:54 pm


Sebastian Fitness Page - posted on November 1, 2019 8:16 am

so catholics?

KingOfKings - posted on November 2, 2019 10:23 pm

Imagine if a modern day politician criticized religion in the way that the founding fathers did.

MakaveliThaSavage - posted on November 14, 2019 5:16 pm

They are such great Christians with such great morality, who even cares they owned slaves lol

syntax error - posted on November 14, 2019 9:46 pm

Prager U would probably make a video on how trump is the Christ. How they twist facts and ignore points and make up excuses for anything.

Robert Glidewell - posted on November 20, 2019 6:23 pm


… Although there exists an immediate relationship between title and identity in words like Christ, most written languages ordinarily do not correspond so easily.  People are not generally known by servant, helper or master unless a name too, is imparted.

The Christian God has at least sixteen different titles communicating both his identity and his work.  The Founding Fathers use of the Greek theos, denoting The Creator God, is used directly in at least fifteen references throughout the Bible.  The Greek theos also corresponds to the older Hebrew El, Eloah and Elohim as well as Jehovah making the reference(s) even more expansive.

Again, The Constitution does not give us our God-given "rights," it only "secures" them.

Shadowrun - posted on December 3, 2019 4:11 am

"Steeped in the Judeo-Christian tradition"

Lol. They were extremely pragmatic and bright, and absolutely hated superstition, but they knew they couldn't just leave religion out of the picture. You just have to look at what they said about it to realise the were extremely rational and non-religious for the time.

Jake - posted on December 25, 2019 10:30 am

The entire construction of the American political and judicial system is so obviously Judeo-Christian I'm surprised anyone has to make this video, but I am happy they did!

Dominic Dowuona-Hammond - posted on January 2, 2020 3:16 am

Except Thomas Paine?!

C Alex - posted on January 3, 2020 6:05 pm

Overwhelmingly English Protestants.

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