Christian works of the founding fathersSubmitted by MaxK on Fri, 06/22/2012 - 02:37
Christian works of the founding fathers
The founding fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence authored many Christian books and works. There are so many in fact, that I decided a long time ago a small Christian library just from Christian works of the founding fathers could be built. That is not remarkable when you consider that six to eight of the founding fathers were or had been clergy at one time, or had been trained as such.
The below is three Christian books. I’ll add more to this list later.
Christian works of the founding fathers, first list.
1) A Christian book of sermons,
2) A Christian book of hymns (actually several)
3) A Christian translation of the Holy Bible, Old and New Testaments.
John Witherspoon - Sermons of John Witherspoon
“containing essays, sermons, &c. on important subjects intended to illustrate and establish the doctrine of salvation by grace, and to point out its influence on holiness of life; together with his lectures on moral philosophy, eloquence and divinity, his speeches in the American Congress, and many other valuable pieces ... “
Witherspoon was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was a Presbyterian clergyman, and also president of Princeton University (originally called the college of New Jersey).
Francis Hopkinson - hymn books of Francis Hopkinson
The Psalms of David: with the Ten commandments, Creed, Lord's prayer, &c. In Metre.
A Collection of Psalm Tunes with a few Anthems and Hymns Some of them Entirely New, for the Use of the United Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in Philadelphia" (1763).
(Hopkinson has a couple more collections of hymn books).
Hopkinson was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and an organist and music minister of Christ Church in Philadelphia, which many founders attended at one time or another. During the Revolution War for Independence, he was responsible for many patriotic tunes and art.
Charles Thomson - translation of the Holy Bible
Charles Thomson was the Secretary of the Continental Congress when the Declaration of Independence was signed and his name is on the Declaration of Independence as such. Charles Thomson also translated the entire Holy Bible into the English language, and it was the first English translation of the Septuagint, and considered very valuable by scholars at the time. Volume 4 is the translation of the New Testament.