Surely A Large Human
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This country was not founded on Christian principles. Our Founding Fathers were quite dubious of religious zealotry and were quite specific in NOT giving religion a seat in our government.The rest of her letter is just articulate rambling. Beck would be proud.
Benjamin Franklin (Founding Father, scientist, inventor, philosopher) - Deist
George Washington (1st pres.) - Deist
John Adams (2nd pres.) - Unitarian
Thomas Jefferson (3rd pres.) - Deist
James Madison (4th pres.) - Deist
James Monroe (5th pres.) - Deist
John Quincy Adams (6th pres.) - Unitarian
You will notice from the religions and beliefs of many of the leading Founding Fathers and early leaders of the U.S., that most were of the Deist beliefs.
Deism is a philosophy that rejects supernatural events (prophecy, miracles) and asserts that God does not intervene with the affairs of human life and the laws of the universe. What organized religions see as divine revelation and holy books, deists see as man-made fictions by other humans, rather than as authoritative sources. Deists believe that God's greatest gift to humanity is not religion, but the ability to reason.
The Constitution does not state the term God anywhere and the reference to “Creator” in the Declaration of Independence is often taken out of context. The Founding Fathers wrote “Creator” in the famous, “all men are created equal and that we are endowed from our Creator with certain unalienable Rights among them Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” to mean God, but not the God of the Judeo-Christian tradition of a human-like person who sits in judgment over his flock.
Deism developed out of the Age of Enlightenment in Europe when there was a questioning of religious scriptures among leading intellectuals and philosophers. Deism virtually died out around the end of the 19th century because it primarily appealed to intellectuals, the highly educated, and philosophers and not the masses.
The main principles of Deism are the rejection of books that claim to be the revealed word of God (such as the Bible, the Qur’an, etc.), the rejection of stories of miracles and prophecies, and the rejection of the account of creation in Genesis (thus, effectively making Deism compatible to the theory of evolution).
As an almost non-theistic religion or philosophy that rejects the creationism of Genesis, Deism actually has more in common with the Eastern religions of Buddhism (The Dhamma), Daoism, and Confucianism; than it does to the big three Western religions of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
In God We Trust was not minted on coinage until Civil War era and printed on paper money until the mid 20th Century.
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