Christian works of the founding fathers - Part ThreeSubmitted by MaxK on Sat, 06/30/2012 - 15:34
Christian works of the founding fathers - Part Three
Although there are several more Christian books to be added to the list, I have a good list for the 4th of July coming up, so I’ve been holding them back to keep the order of this list developing as it has been – which is from the gospel out.
So because of that, I thought I’d add the following works first, as they seem to go well with what has already been added. Church creeds, the Lord ’s Supper, and baptism.
The most important work added so far is Roger Sherman’s gospel witnessing tract – The Greatest Concern in the World – how can I be saved? Something everyone should read.
Three more works added:
7) Church Creed – Draft Copy – White Haven Church
8) A short sermon on the duty of self examination preparatory to receiving the Lord’s Supper.
9) Buried with Him by Baptism
Paul Revere, best known for his ride warning the Americans of the British coming at the start of the American Revolution, was also a silver smith and an engraver. The above is one of his engravings. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, something about baptism seems to me to go well with church creeds and the Lord’s supper. Paul Revere will also go will with the next batch of works to be released for July 4th.
Previously, we added books on:
1) A Christian book of sermons, John Witherspoon - Sermons of John Witherspoon
2) A Christian book of hymns (actually several), Francis Hopkinson - hymn books of Francis Hopkinson
3) A Christian translation of the Holy Bible, Old and New Testaments, Charles Thomson - translation of the Holy Bible
4) A Christian witnessing tract (20 short pages).
5) A call for the Christian Bible to be studied in schools.
6) Encouragement to go to church.
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 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.
The Greatest Concern in the World. What Must I do to be Saved?
Full Title: The Greatest Concern in the World: A Short and Plain Essay to Answer that Most Concerning and All Concerning Inquiry, What Must I Do to be Saved? This is a witnessing tract that Roger Sherman had printed up to be distributed.
Roger Sherman was the only person to sign all four of our countries founding documents, and Roger Sherman was also on the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence. He is in John Trumbull’s famous painting, front and center with the Committee of Five, presenting the Declaration of Independence to congress (fyi - This is the same painting that appeared as an illustration on the two dollar bill).
Roger Sherman was responsible for the No State shall make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts clause in our Constitution, and was the founding father best known for wanting sound money, and wrote a tract on it. Roger Sherman was also a deacon at his church, and helped write its creed at one point. He also had other things published, including a self-written pamphlet on self-examination before taking the Lord’s supper.
A defense of the use of the Christian Bible as a school book
Dr. Benjamin Rush was known for his contributions to medicine and his writings. His letter advocating the use of the Christian Bible in schools appeared in Christian tracts for a long time, which probably isn’t too remarkable, since Benjamin Rush also was one of the founders of the Pennsylvania Bible Society (originally known as the Bible Society at Philadelphia).
Letter to daughter to go constantly to church.
Reedy Island, 8 November, 1764.
Benjamin Franklin is one of the better known figures of the American Revolution. And Benjamin Franklin also presided over the Constitution of Pennsylvania of 1776 as president, which required you to believe in the Divine Inspiration of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to hold office. There are other works of Franklin’s I’ll include later, but I thought a tract on what you must do to be saved, and encouragement to read the Holy Bible, and encouragement to attend church go well together.