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Christian works of the founding fathers

    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

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

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.

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Witherspoon has been described as

the founder of the founding fathers. He taught at what would become Princeton, and was its 6th president. Of his students, came 37 judges, 3 Supreme Court judges, 10 cabinet officers, 12 members of the Continental Congress, 28 senators, 49 congressmen, and 1 president-James Madison.

Witherspoon was the only active clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence. He also served in Congress, himself.

So much for all of the Founders being atheists!

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Thanks Max

for taking the time to research this and post it. It clearly is a contentious topic for many on this site (public school systems have done their job well) - but I guess the best way to handle that is to just stick to the facts, like you're doing. It's really hard to argue with facts when they're staring you in the face (I say really hard but not impossible, as some people here still insist on doing it).

I have found that some of the greatest irrefutable proof of our founder's Christian heritage is found in the State Constitutions themselves (in addition to the type of things you are also providing here).

Thanks again and God Bless!

"These are the times that try men's souls."

"These are the times that try men's souls."

This simple quotation from Founding Father Thomas Paine's The American Crisis not only describes the beginnings of the American Revolution, but also the life of Paine himself. Throughout most of his life, his writings inspired passion, but also brought him great criticism. He communicated the ideas of the Revolution to common farmers as easily as to intellectuals, creating prose that stirred the hearts of the fledgling United States. He had a grand vision for society: he was staunchly anti-slavery, and he was one of the first to advocate a world peace organization and social security for the poor and elderly. But his radical views on religion would destroy his success, and by the end of his life, only a handful of people attended his funeral.


In 1791-92, he wrote The Rights of Man in response to criticism of the French Revolution. This work caused Paine to be labeled an outlaw in England for his anti-monarchist views. He would have been arrested, but he fled for France to join the National Convention.

By 1793, he was imprisoned in France for not endorsing the execution of Louis XVI. During his imprisonment, he wrote and distributed the first part of what was to become his most famous work at the time, the anti-church text, The Age of Reason (1794-96). He was freed in 1794 (narrowly escaping execution) thanks to the efforts of James Monroe, then U.S. Minister to France.
Paine remained in France until 1802 when he returned to America on an invitation from Thomas Jefferson. Paine discovered that his contributions to the American Revolution had been all but eradicated due to his religious views. Derided by the public and abandoned by his friends, he died on June 8, 1809 at the age of 72 in New York City.

• Common Sense (1776)
• The American Crisis (1776-77)
• The Rights of Man (1791-92)
• Age of Reason (1794, 1795, 1807)



Pagans are tolerant by NATURE.

Paine wasn't a signer of the

Paine wasn't a signer of the Declaration of Independence and doesn't appear on it. I'd appreciate it if you kept to the topic of the thread.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

I would appreciate it if you would READ the post

Paine, the Father of our Constitution, was ostracized by those intolerant religious fools who ranted from their bully pulpits
and caused him to die in lonelines and poverty because of his talking of freedom from the very intolerant religious fools who were slithering into our young government

this is very in tune with this thread but you are DRIVEN to reach for some stick to beat me over the head with because of your own INTOLERANCE for any views but your own

Personally I think all these religious threads are improper in a political site but I realize the mods are religious and these threads will go on showing up as well as some like me will go on posting refutations to the religious posts

this is an open forum
is there a rule YET that only dedicated baptized xians can post here?

I was baptized a Southern Baptist as a child but it never took when I had all the jesus and god stuff forced on me in bible school every Sunday

you cant have threads and tell people they cant post in them
or to start their own threads on the topic you are attempting to shelter from open discussion

this does leave a bad impression on visitors who dont come here for religious indoctrination or get out blather

now all hold hands and sing " jesus is my lord and master
because I cant think for myself and have to get all my thinking from some myth handed to me by a religion huckster who takes my money and pats me on the back and says "good boy" "
wear your WWJD bracelets

a DOM will do that and more for the same money

if there were any rule it should be NO religious threads on a political forum

as I dont think you were appointed master of who can or cannot post or who gave you a crown to judge who has an interest in what topics I think you should be chastised by the admin four your HUBRIS.


Pagans are tolerant by NATURE.

Religion has been known to close minds.

And I'm sure we have all seen that in our local parties.

If not, read the leviticus series sometime.


Minds and mouths have a bit in common.

They were meant to close on something.

Will post the next three

Will post the next three works for this Sunday.

This list is likely to get very large, so I may link to a new thread.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Just picked up

Jeffersons bible! I found his letter to the Danbury Baptists at the end of the book to be a great topic of discussion. I have heard that our founding fathers did not want separation of church and state on more than one occasion but it seems Mr. Jefferson did want exactly that.
At least that is what the letter flat out says.