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Fast Facts on America’s Christian Heritage for the 4th of July

  • In the Mayflower Compact the Pilgrims specifically declared their intention of planting a new colony and advancing the Christian faith.
  • Not all, but the majority of the Founding Fathers of America were active Christians who represented a variety of Christian denominations.
  • Roughly half of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence had received what today would be the equivalent of a seminary education.
  • The Aitken Bible of 1782, known as “the Bible of the Revolution”, was the first English language Bible printed in America. It’s printing was officially approved by the U.S. Congress.
  • On June 28, 1787, with the constitutional convention at an impasse, Benjamin Franklin gave an impassioned plea asking that each session of the convention be opened in prayer, led by a Christian clergy. Many of the founders and other historians credit that as the turning point in the production of the constitution.
  • Beginning in 1800, and through the late 19th century, the U.S. capitol building regularly served as a meeting place for worship, hosting Christian church services attended by presidents, congressman, and other officials.

For more information on the significance of the Christian worldview in America, please check out Dr. Carlson’s lecture, “Red vs. Blue: The Real Cultural Divide”, available in CD or MP3 in our online store.

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