Were the Founding Fathers of our country deists? This is the claim often made by those who want to divorce our country from its true Christian founding.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes Deism as "a movement or system of thought advocating natural religion, emphasizing morality, and in the 18th century denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe."
Dictionary.com defines it as, "The belief that God has created the universe but remains apart from it and permits his creation to administer itself through natural laws. Deism thus rejects the supernatural aspects of religion, such as belief in revelation in the Bible, and stresses the importance of ethical conduct."
But in his World Net Daily column, martial artist and conservative commentator Chuck Norris wades into the debate, giving evidence of the Founding Fathers' faith from their own mouths. Decided for yourself if these founders sound deist to your or not.
Samuel Adams, Declaration of Independence signer: “the peaceful and glorious reign of our Divine Redeemer may be known and enjoyed throughout the whole family of mankind.”
John Dickson, U.S. Constitution signer: “[Governments] could not give the rights essential to happiness. … We claim them from a higher source: from the King of kings, and Lord of all the earth.”
John Jay, the U.S. Supreme Court's original chief justice: "I render sincere and humble thanks for His manifold and unmerited blessings, and especially for our redemption and salvation by His beloved Son. … Blessed be His holy name.”
Wallbuilders.com points out other statements of faith by the founders.
President John Adams, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights signer: "The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."
John Hancock, well-known signer of the Declaration of Independence, called on Massachusetts to pray: "That all nations may bow to the scepter of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that the whole earth may be filled with his glory. That the spiritual kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may be continually increasing until the whole earth shall be filled with His glory."
President George Washington: "The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger. The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier, defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country."
And there are many more. Only God truly knows how many of the Founding Fathers had a saving faith, but it's clear that the truths many of them expounded were based on a God who is active in our world and has a special purpose for our lives and our nation.