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Friday, July 02, 2010

George Washington's Belief's

VirtueOnline: George Washington's Anglicanism

Fascinating article about George Washington's belief system and the religious milieu of his time. With many Americans very concerned about the US's perceived moves toward socialism and the current and last administration's attack on the Constitution, there is a backlash toward patriotism and renewed emphasis on the country's founders. Along with that there is a desire to paint the founders as orthodox evangelicals or at least solid Christians. I just don't think it's true. Neither does this articles author. He writes:
The growing vogue notion that Washington and other Patriot leaders were somehow "born again" Christians seeking to establish a solidly "Christian" nation is not supported by the historical record, despite infrequent quotes mined from diaries, letters, and speeches and often taken out of context. Jack Feerick, writing in the October 22, 2009 Saturday Evening Post, states that, "The traditional idea of the Founding Fathers as conventionally pious Christian gentlemen is a myth..." Journalist Russell Shorto, in an extensive piece detailing proposed changes to Texas high school social studies standards, wrote in the New York Times that, "Washington, in his writings, makes scores of different references to God but not one is biblical."
He also notes that Washington was a Mason and more likely, just a deist rather than an orthodox Christian.

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