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Christian faith has played a dominate role in American culture

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To the editor,

It seems that Charles Darwin has been Great Britain's revenge on America. I will explain.

The American experiment was founded on the proposition that all men are created equal and that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights. We became a free and independent nation at the time that we declared our self to be so, though we still had to fight a war with the British to earn their respect for our right to do so. In our Declaration of ...

To the editor,

It seems that Charles Darwin has been Great Britain's revenge on America. I will explain.

The American experiment was founded on the proposition that all men are created equal and that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights. We became a free and independent nation at the time that we declared our self to be so, though we still had to fight a war with the British to earn their respect for our right to do so. In our Declaration of Independence we laid out the principles and understanding of God and human nature upon which this new nation was to be established, and publicly declared, as a testimony to the whole world, our consecration to these truths. That the Creator is the author of the rights that they recognized as a foundation for government and that they looked to His hand of providence, with which they were aligning there lives, for the completion of their endeavor was central to the establishing of this new nation.

Was America a Christian nation? That depends on what you mean by a Christian nation. Were all of our founders born again Christians, of course not. Was the American experiment open only to Christians? No. If that is what you mean the answer is no. If the question is: was the Christian faith a dominate part of American culture then? The answer is yes. Did the founders consider Christianity an underpinning that was important to the maintaining of our republic? Yes. Was the Christian faith responsible for establishing most of our early schools? Yes. Was the Bible an ever present book in households across the nation? Yes. Were our laws reflective of Judeo-Christian values? Yes.

The very idea that all men are created equal and that the function of government should be to protect the natural God given rights of men, to be treated as equals is not only an ancient Roman principle but even more is an application of the Golden rule taught by Jesus:"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them" Matthew 7:12. The proof of this is that we took this proposition farther than the Romans ever did, for when the Civil War threatened to tear our country apart; when President Lincoln came to understand that God's issue with America was the institution of slavery, he covenanted with God, that he would use the authority and influence he had as president to end slavery — Jesus goes all the way.

Though not all Americans are Christians; Christians have received salvation and forgiveness for their sins through Jesus Christ. All relate to God as The Creator. Our founders recognized this and presented the Creator, His natural law, and a Christian understanding of the corrupt human nature that we all share, as self evident truths. This understanding was common and tempered our society, so that the first line of government was the idea that people should do right before God, in a world where human nature is just the contrary. Lincoln saw the Declaration of Independence as an apple of gold in a setting of silver, our Constitution, from Proverbs 25:11, meaning that the purpose of our Constitution was to frame the principles set forth in the declaration, or to put it another way the Declaration is the thing, the Constitution is merely a means of getting us to it. The success of the American experiment has always been bound to fidelity to the principles laid out in the Declaration. If you haven't read it in a while you should.

Charles Darwin's proposition that species have evolved from a simple single cell life form to ever more complex organisms until you have man, in the eyes of many have made God unneeded in the Creation. Putting aside arguments for or against the compatibility of the theory of evolution and religion, what is clear is that the theory of evolution provides a foundation for those who subscribe to atheistic philosophies. All of which look mighty silly if you start out with, "in the beginning God Created." That these patiently through many decades of applying influence through our educational institutions, through our courts, through the media and entertainment industry and finally through our legislatures have created a culture that believes that a divorce should exist between God and government, will indeed prove to be the undoing of our nation.

John Demakowski

Franklin