The founders as Deists

In this election season, let’s at least recognize one fact: The founders of this great nation were not ‘deists.’ To find out why, we must decide what a deist is.

According to Webster’s dictionary, a deist is a person who believes in a god through reason and nature, but does not believe in a supernatural god. Let’s see what the founders themselves said about it.

Benjamin Rush said: “I have alternately been called an aristocrat and a democrat. I am neither. I am a Cristocrat.”

Benjamin Franklin opined: “I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that GOD GOVERNS IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN…”

Samuel Adams talked of the rights of the colonists as Christians.

William Prescott told the people to “…stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free…”

The last line of the Declaration of Independence was written: “And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually acceptable ledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

If the colonists truly believed in a non caring God who would create the world then walk away, why would they actually rely on a God for divine providence that had moved on to other creations?

No, these men believed in a God who was invited over in their daily lives.