Religion is the Foundation of Government
Modern secularists have problems understanding the American relationship between religion and government because they do not understand that the Founders believed
Every single person who signed the Constitution agreed with these premises, and they agreed that the true religion was Christianity. It doesn't matter that they didn't agree among themselves as to the details of the Christian religion. It doesn't matter that they made sure that one variety of Christianity would have no legal power over other varieties of Christianity. What matters is that not a single signer of the Constitution believed in the "separation of church and state" where the word "church" means "Christianity, the true religion." None of them accepted the possibility of a social order separated from true religion and independent of God.
Probably one of the most important Biblical texts in the history of political science in Western Civilization is the thirteenth chapter of the Apostle Paul's letter to the Romans. Since the time of Augustine, this passage has been the starting point for all discussions of government. And that starting point led to the conclusion -- universally held by the Founding Fathers -- that the human task of forming civil governments was a religious obligation.
Romans 13 says that the civil magistrate is "the minister of God." Departments of State have been called "ministry" throughout Anglo-American history. Western Civilization still speaks of "the minister of justice."
Yet most Secular Humanists haven't the foggiest idea what this passage of Scripture says, nor have they the remotest sensitivity for how the Founding Fathers reverenced this text. History shows it pervaded their thinking. It was an underlying assumption. Even today, when people speak of "the powers that be" they are using the language from Romans 13, likely without knowing the source.
If you know nothing about Romans 13, start by reading the passage here.
Then review some history. Romans 13 and a Biblical doctrine of government pervades Western thought and influenced the Founding Fathers. (The ironic thing about the use of Romans 13 in Western political science is that the passage, though clearly intended to inculcate non-resistance to the magistrates, has been most frequently cited in treatises which advocate violent revolution.) Richard Gardiner, in his impressive collection of "Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American History, lists many sources which introduce the average Secular Humanist to the now-unknown religious foundations of American Revolution and Government. A sampling is found here.
Here is another example of how the Founding Fathers believed Romans 13 was a divine commandment to form civil government, how that government, once formed, was obligated to obey God's Law, and how America was such a Christian nation.
A Proclamation by
MARCH 6, 1799
For these reasons I have thought proper to recommend, and I do hereby recommend accordingly, that Thursday, the 25th day of April next, be observed throughout the United States of America as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer; that the citizens on that day abstain as far as may be from their secular occupations, devote the time to the sacred duties of religion in public and in private; that they
And I do also recommend that with these acts of humiliation, penitence, and prayer fervent thanksgiving to the Author of All Good be united for the countless favors which He is still continuing to the people of the United States, and which render their condition as a nation eminently happy when compared with the lot of others.
[From C. F. Adams's Works of John Adams, Vol. IX, p. 172.]
The doctrine of "separation of church and state" has been defined by the U.S. Supreme Court as the impermissibility of government "endorsement" of religion over irreligion, of belief over unbelief. The Court says it
How would Adams' proclamation make atheists feel? What we have in this official Proclamation is nothing less than the President asking the entire nation to pray that the "separation of church and state" -- that is, the separation of God and country, a nation unattached to pure religion -- would never be true.
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