Wayne, both Christians and atheists have been trying to take the Constitution territory.
I have no doubt that USA has been infested with hateful Christians all through that period, and would have liked to have founded the nation on the Christian principles of hate and intolerance, but they missed out. They weren't at the meeting, or something.
John Adams (SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE; JUDGE; DIPLOMAT; ONE OF TWO SIGNERS OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS; SECOND PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES)
said all of the following:
"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."
"The Holy Ghost carries on the whole Christian system in this earth. Not a baptism, not a marriage, not a sacrament can be administered but by the Holy Ghost. . . . There is no authority, civil or religious – there can be no legitimate government but what is administered by this Holy Ghost. There can be no salvation without it. All without it is rebellion and perdition, or in more orthodox words damnation."
"Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company: I mean hell."
"The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity."
"Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. . . . What a Eutopia – what a Paradise would this region be!"
"I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world. "
"Sounds to me as though Adams was a deep thinker and didn't always take christian claims without rational examination. He might be a good resource of inspiration as you discover that your bigoted remarks about Christians in general are not well supported by the whole works of Adams."
It sounds to me that Adams did all the heavy lifting and came to the right conclusion after all.
I warned that proof there is no god would fail in a battle of founders quotes, but I like the back and forth. Keep it up.
You might also enjoy this article about how desperate professors are to tamp down the reality of Jesus Christs influence in our founding. They resort to the tactics of Saul Alinlky, and Hitler knowing that they only need to appeal to the most ignorant to get their policies to work..http://www.rickgreen.com/attacks-on-david-barton-same-as-tactics-of-alinsky-hitler/
Don't be hoodwinked.