THEY WERE BELIEVERS WITH STEVE FARRELL In the writing and later ratification of the Constitution of the United States, the American Founding generation demonstrated their aversion towards 'titles of nobility' when in Article I, Section 9 and 10 they forbade both the federal and state governments from granting such titles. Sixty-four...
THEY WERE BELIEVERS, WITH STEVE FARRELL On the 28th of 1787, American Founding Father and First Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Jay, penned a letter to Jedediah (also spelled Jedidiah) Morse, (1) thanking him for sending his recent Geography text, as well as giving him some well...
BY PHILIP VANDER ELST Do you find it difficult to believe in God or accept the claims of Christianity? I did, when I was an atheist, but I changed my mind, and my reasons for doing so may be of interest to you in your own personal journey and attempts...
THEY WERE BELIEVERS, JOHN ADAMS While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice in the local destination...
THEY WERE BELIEVERS, THOMAS JEFFERSON ...ur, right to life, liberty, the use of our faculties, the pursuit of happiness, is not left to the feeble and sophistical investigations of reason, but is impress on the sense of every man. We do not claim these under the charter of kings, or...
CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, REV. TIMOTHY STONE ELECTION SERMON, MAY 10TH, 1792 A SERMON, PREACHED BEFORE HIS EXCELLENCY SAMUEL HUNTINGTON, ESQ. L.L.D. GOVERNOR, AND THE HONORABLE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT, CONVENED AT HARTFORD, ON THE DAY OF THE ANNIVERSARY ELECTION. BY TIMOTHY STONE, A. M. PASTOR OF A...
THEY WERE BELIEVERS, JAMES MADISON Madison letter to William Bradford, 9 November 1772 My Dear Billey, You moralize so prettily that if I were to judge from some parts of your letter of October 13 I should take you for an old Philosopher that had experienced the emptiness of Earthly Happiness. And...
THEY WERE BELIEVERS, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 23 August 1750 I think with you, that nothing is of more importance for the public weal, than to form and train up youth in wisdom and virtue. Wise and good men are, in my opinion, the strength of a state: much more so than riches...
CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS: JOHN LELAND 1791 Divines generally inform us that there is such a time to come (called the Latter-Day Glory) when the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters do the sea, and that this day will appear upon the destruction of...
CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 17TH CENTURY SERMONS John Cotton, 1636 In 1636 letter to Lord Say and Seale, John Cotton, addressing concerns about the theocratic tendencies in the government of the Bay Colony, defends, quite ably and thought provokingly, the Christian doctrine and political principle that church and state ought to compliment each...
CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, JOHN WOOLMAN From an inward purifying, and steadfast abiding under it springs a lively operative desire for the good of others. All the faithful are not called to the public ministry; but whoever are, are called to minister of that which they have tasted and handled spiritually....
THEY WERE BELIEVERS WITH STEVE FARRELL George Washington, 1778 On 15 October 1778, General George Washington, Commander In Chief of the Continental Army, responds by letter to General Andrew Lewis concerning the disappointments he (Lewis), and fellow General, Lachlan McIntosh, had been dealt. The Commander In Chief's inspired counsel: Ours is a...
The covenant between you and us is the oath you have taken of us ... that we shall govern you and judge your causes by the rules of God's laws and our own...
Background of the American Revolution Following the Boston Tea Party, Dr. Jonathan Shipley—Bishop of St. Asaph—writes a speech intended for the debate in the House of Lords over altering the charter for Massachusetts. Subsequently published, Benjamin Franklin—his good friend—deems it “a masterpiece of eloquence.” Let us be content with the spoils...
THEY WERE BELIEVERS, COLONIAL NEW HAMPSHIRE March 16, 1680 Whereas it hath pleased the Lord to moue the heart of our Dread Soveraigne Charles, by the grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France & Ireland, to grant license & liberty to sundry of his subjects to plant themselves in the westerne...
CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA, THOMAS JEFFERSON 15 August 1779 The reverend Charles Clay has been many years rector of this parish, and has been particularly known to me. During the whole course of that time his deportment has been exemplary as became a divine, and his attention to parochial duties...
THEY WERE BELIEVERS, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ... for self denial is never a duty or a reasonable action but as it is a natural means of procuring more pleasure than you can taste without it; so that this grave, saint-like guide to happiness, as rough and dreadful as she has been...
THE AMERICANIST, CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Christmas is many things. It is the time of the celebration of the birth of the Christ child. It is a season when many preparations are being made. Gifts must be bought, cards sent, decorations put up, food assembled, trips made, and much work done....
LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Alexis de Tocqueville observed regarding that Liberty and Equality he found in America: "The religion which declares that all are equal in the sight of God, will not refuse to acknowledge that all citizens are equal in the eye of the law. Religion is the companion...
CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS Elisha Williams, 1744 I shall first, briefly consider the Origin and End of Civil Government. First, as to the origin—–Reason teaches us that all men are naturally equal in respect of jurisdiction or dominion one over another. Altho’ true it is that children are not...