Tuesday, July 04, 2006

On July 4th - Rememberiing The Forgotten Founder

The Wall Street Journal ran a good article on the the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence - John Witherspoon.

For us looking back on the generation of the Founders, it is easy to deprecate the religious inheritance that, for many of them, formed the ground of their commitment to political liberty. Theological skeptics and even atheists there were aplenty in late eighteenth-century America. But for every Jefferson who re-wrote the Bible excising every mention of miracles, there was a platoon of men like Madison who wrote commentaries on the Bible. Witherspoon believed that religion was "absolutely essential to the existence and welfare of every political combination of men in society."

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