Many conservative Christians yearn for this “old time religion” of the Founding Fathers and a closer relationship between church and state. But is this what our founders wanted?
Historian David Holmes argues that many of the founders were Christian deists, including our first three presidents: Washington, Adams and Jefferson. It was an age of enlightenment from a religious and philosophical perspective, and Christian deism was popular. For deists, understanding the laws of nature leads to acceptance of a great creator – a supreme being.
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